One day I was sitting at my computer, waiting for my build of S60 to finish. I had run my usual round of build commands and custom scripts to speed up the build if but a little, and was expecting to wait for at least 10-12 min. At this point it occurred to me (well, it had occurred to me before): The Symbian build system is really overkill. What could it be doing that's taking so long, for something that should be relatively simple: compile and link?
So I thought to myself that this can definitely be improved, and that's how I started the work on a Symbian make specification that is based entirely on qmake and make (no Symbian build chain stuff, although it uses the tools from there), and runs on Linux.
Then you might say "What about the Raptor build system that is supposed to improve things?". It is true that Raptor improves a lot of the deficiencies of good ol' abld, but I still felt that the huge Raptor build system is sooo overkill for something really simple. I like to obey the KISS principle. Call it a personal itch!
With this in mind I have two design goals:
Whether I'll be able to fulfill them in the end, time will show, but that's what I'm aiming for at least.
But let's get into the gory details. Be reminded that the build system is still in the very early stages, and is not ready for for the end user yet, but if you like to tinker with the latest and greatest, read on. Here's what works currently:
Here's a few things that don't work yet, but I plan to get them working:
Here's one thing that will probably never work:
The procedure for getting the system up and running is subject to change as the project goes forward, so instead of posting it here, I have put it in the README.s60-mkspec in the Git repository. To get it, go to http://qt.gitorious.org/+qt-developers/qt/s60-linux-mkspec, and clone the repository from there. Then check out the "working" branch. This branch is often rebased based on the latest work in the topic branches. "master" should not ever be rebased, but many things are missing from there at the time of writing.
Here's a few short term goals for the project in the following weeks:
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