[mapguide-internals] MapGuide open source builds - Linux & Cmake

Zac Spitzer zac.spitzer at gmail.com
Thu Oct 9 21:58:47 EDT 2008

That was an interesting article Gabriele, if a major project like KDE
is using CMake
and it's as easy Traian found, plus it already works, lets put together a RFC.

If it only requires some additional files which can co-exist with the
current build
system (for now), lets get Helio's work into the source tree and give it a go

On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 6:41 AM, Gabriele Monfardini
<gabrimonfa at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I agree with what you said yesterday as well -- we can make the current build link to libraries that are already installed on the system. In fact I think this should have higher priority than switching the build system to cmake, because it would remove the need to compile all the third party components, which has been a big source of compile errors for people who compile on platforms other than RedHat.
> I completely agree. One of the most confusing part is to have to
> compile libraries that are already on the system, usually in an
> outdated version, and having to play around with path and env vars
> just to use this older version. Very error prone.
> In an ideal situation build syetm would complain about some missing
> dependencies that should be installed using distribution repositories.
> In this way third part component are always up-to-date, installed in
> known paths and all tricky distribution-dependendent issues are
> automatically risolved by package mantainer. This is one of the big
> plus of having a central software repository, we should exploit it.
> This, also IMHO, should have the highest priority if we want to favor
> the adoption of Mapguide also in Linux environments.
> By the way, I've compiled QGIS using cmake several times. I am by no
> means a cmake expert but all worked out very smoothly. Feedback to the
> user is explicative (and colorful), all dependecies are handled
> correctly and, most of the times all work out-of-the-box without any
> need to tweak any parameter. And this in many modern Linux
> distribution.
> I would like to contribute with the experience of a big and
> multiplatform project that has chosen CMake over autotools
> (http://lwn.net/Articles/188693/).
> Gabriele
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