On 26 March 2015 at 01:57, Steve Dower Steve.Dower@microsoft.com wrote:
Zachary Ware wrote:
On Mar 25, 2015 4:22 AM, "Paul Moore" firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On a related note, is there any information available on how the "externals" repo is maintained? In particular, should things in there be exact copies of upstream, or is it OK to include extra data (in this case, the results of running "configure" for the Windows build)? It works for me either way, it's just a matter of how the build process would be structured and maintained.
Its not extremely clear how it's "supposed to be" done; look at the differences between how we handle OpenSSL and Tcl/Tk, for example. One way or the other, though, we will store the configure output so that our build doesn't depend on any more than it absolutely has to.
It would be nice for at least one other person to know how to do it. I can't see the SVN logs, but I feel like you're the only person who's touched it in a while :)
As well as the configure output, we sometimes include very light patching (for example, Tcl/Tk currently has a patch to their makefile to work around a VC14 bug). I'm not sure whether that's considered good practice or not, but I prefer only needing to do it once vs. building it into the build system.
It likely makes sense to try to at least write down the status quo regarding the externals repo as a new top level section in the Developer's Guide. That way you'll at least have a shared understanding of the starting point for any further improvements.