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Re: Bake Build System


I haven't used waf yet, do you know of any good resources?

From what I've seen after a quick web search it seems to be just as verbose as cmake or even make. The point of bake is that it is so stupidly simple to use, and also has special support for vala.

It makes things like installing desktop files or gsettings schemas just a matter of assigning them to a variable, while it still has support for custom rules in the style of make, so you can also do more complex stuff.

On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 1:50 AM, Daniele S. <oppifjellet@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
There are a lot of build system out there. This one seems cool and clean but it's probably too bleeding edge. I suggest you to take a look at waf. Lots of project are switching to it.


Il giorno 15/set/2013 01:08, "Julien" <spautz.julien@xxxxxxxxx> ha scritto:
Hey guys,

I've lately been toying with a relatively recent build system called bake. It was created and is maintained by Robert Ancell and you can find the source code here: https://launchpad.net/bake.

There isn't much documentation out there, but the manual will teach you most important things: https://answers.launchpad.net/bake/+faq/2172

$ bzr branch lp:bake
$ cd bake
$ yelp help

So if you're like me and have no idea about cmake, bake might be the perfect alternative. It is very simple and requires practically no boiler code (unlike cmake). It would also be easier for new developers to set up their own projects.

I'm pretty sure you want to see some actual implementation, so here it is:


If you look at the diffs  (http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~julien-spautz/cable/bake/revision/137) you'll see that I added a few Recipe files, containing all the information bake needs, and at the same time got rid of all that cmake ugliness. Since Cable uses the same cmake template as the official elementary apps, this should work just as well with any other elementary app.

If you want to try it yourself, here are some instructions:

First install bake:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bake-team/releases
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install bake

Now get my branch:

$ bzr branch lp:~julien-spautz/cable/bake
$ cd bake

So far so good. Now let's build (make sure you have all the deps, you'll find them in /src/Recipe):

$ bake

There should now be an executable in src/ and one in tests/.
How about cleaning up again?

$ bake clean


$ sudo bake install

Running unit tests? (I know you all enjoy those TDD threads)

$ bake test

Creating a .deb package?

$ bake release-deb (might take a while)

If you're not in love yet I really don't know...

I'll try to convert some other elementary apps to bake in the future, but I don't think it'll be very difficult. The biggest downside of bake is of course that it is still relatively new and therefore lacks complete documentation and tutorials and probably still has some important bugs. Otherwise I see no reason not to switch at some point in the future, be it for Isis, or Isis + 1 (but not later, srsly).

What are your opinions? Has anyone else had any experience with it?

Julien Spautz

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