Re: [dev] [OFFTOPIC] Recommended meta-build system

From: David Tweed <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 07:07:49 +0000

On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 6:25 AM, Uriel <> wrote:
> Why the fucking hell should the fucking build tool know shit about the
> OS it is running on?!?!?!
> If you need to do OS guessing, that is a clear sign that you are doing
> things *wrong* 99% of the time.

[In what follows by "OS" I mean kernel plus userspace libraries that
provide a higher level interface to the hardware than runs in the

It would be great if "conceptual interfaces" that are a decade or more
old were universally standardised (so you don't have to worry about
whether mkstemp() is provided, etc) so that a lot of the configuration
processing could go away, and maybe that's the situation for most
"text and filesystem applications". But there are and are will be in
the future new interfaces that haven't solidified into a common form
yet, eg, webcam access, haptic input devices, accelerometers/GPS,
cloud computing APIs, etc, for which figuring out what is provided
will still necessary in meta-build/configuration systems for years to
come for any software that will be widely distributed.

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