[Development] Notes on "Qt Build Systems" @ QtCon 2016

Andrew Knight andrew.knight at intopalo.com
Mon Sep 5 14:49:03 CEST 2016

Hi Steve,

On 09/05/16 15:40, Stephen Kelly wrote:
>> - (Stephen) "In reality, rewriting Qt's build system in CMake will
>> actually be a PITA, and will require changes to CMake to make everything
>> better"
> I think something was lost in transit on this point. I don’t think it would be a PITA to write a CMake buildsystem for Qt. I recall the above point was in reference to ‘compiling host tools and using them in the build while cross compiling’. The way CMake makes that possible currently(!) is implemented separately to the core of CMake with the ExternalProject module.

You're right; I remember now that this was referring what you describe 
above, not the porting work in general. I actually found another quote 
from you in my notes saying "I'm not sure CMake would require a lot of 
effort for either CMake or Qt itself". Clearly, I need to work on my 

Thanks for the clarification!


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