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Re: gnustep-make experiment

From: Nicola Pero
Subject: Re: gnustep-make experiment
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2007 02:34:59 +0100 (CET)

> The only objection i've heard from gnustep.pc is "Its not the way 
> GNUstep stores information".

Here is a refresher --

 1. it adds an external dependency upon which *everything* would depend

 2. it is slower

 3. it is designed for something else (which adds complexity)

 4. it requires rewriting and redesigning stuff with no clear advantages

> The objection i have with GNUstep.conf is it isolates gnustep from the 
> rest of the world.

I find that objection vague.  Can you explain the practical meaning of
"it isolates gnustep from the rest of the world" ?

It's a text file in /etc/GNUstep.conf containing something like


It's not like we're designing a massive new language to use in the config file. 
have a sequence of key=value lines in a plain text file.

Editing GNUstep.conf is something that should be very unusual, but if it 
it shouldn't be very difficult.  It's just a plain key=value text file!

> We cannot have a build system where information is only available to 
> GNUstep-make.

It makes sense ... so I added a script called that is 
installed in
system Tools (hence always in PATH), that will print out the values of whatever
configuration variable you want ... eg,

address@hidden make]$ GNUSTEP_MAKEFILES
address@hidden make]$ GNUSTEP_IS_FLATTENED
address@hidden make]$ GNUSTEP_SYSTEM_ROOT
address@hidden make]$ GNUSTEP_USER_DEFAULTS_DIR

Using that information, you can use whatever external tools you want to build 
or configure.


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