Source directory restructuring

Geert Janssens geert.gnucash at
Wed Aug 9 12:51:52 EDT 2017

On dinsdag 8 augustus 2017 19:01:44 CEST John Ralls wrote:
> > On Aug 8, 2017, at 5:50 PM, Sumit Bhardwaj <bhardwajs at> wrote:
> > 
> > John,
> > 
> > If the plan is to dump autotools, should we ask also devs to make sure
> > that
> > they can build using cmake? I have had problems in the past and therefore,
> > I have stuck with autotools so far.
> > 
> > What are the things we want to confirm in the cmake toolchain?
> > cmake
> > cmake install
> > cmake check
> > 
> > Anything else?
> Sumit,
> No. cmake <args> srcdir && make && make check && make install or (quite a
> bit faster) cmake -G Ninja <args> srcdir && ninja check && ninja install.
> You generally need to at least specify a -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX unless you
> want GnuCash installed in /usr/local which back in the day was a reasonable
> thing to do but isn't really anymore. Because of normal linker behavior and
> GnuCash's overuse of loadable modules you also need to uninstall before
> building, especially when changing branches. The incantation for that in
> cmake is xargs rm < install_manifest.txt.
> Geert and I use the cmake+ninja build system most of the time and the
> Windows automated build has been using it for just over a year. I think
> that it's well tested. There's a known problem that the dependency graph
> doesn't capture everything especially for some of the scheme modules so
> allowing too much parallelism (setting -j too high on a many-core machine)
> will try to build some things before their dependencies are done. That's
> not a blocker to dropping autotools. The only loose end at present is that
> there are still a few rough edges in the dist target that need to be
> cleaned up.
Which dist target rough edges are you referring to here ?

I know there is the issue I can't add files to the dist tarball 
(because Rob's dist rules prevent my cmake version from running the necessary 
commands). Other than that the dist tarball generated via both build systems 
are identical on my system after I ironed out a few minor issues last month. 
Since we're right now discussing dropping autotools, this very issue becomes 

Do you know other ones ?


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