[lazarus] external codetools / copycat equality

Marc Weustink marc at dommelstein.net
Mon Mar 11 19:06:08 EST 2002

At 00:35 12/03/2002 +0100, Mattias Gaertner wrote:
>On Mon, 11 Mar 2002 18:37:31 +0100
>Marc Weustink <marc at dommelstein.net> wrote:
> > IMO every project should be able to compile with or wihout IDE.
>Just a side note:
>There will probably no one, that will doubt this statement, because it 
>sounds very principally.
>But (There is always a But :)
>Take for example lazarus itself. You can compile it without the Makefiles. 
>12 lines with a lot of parameters: cd .. && ppc386 .. && cd .. && ppc386 
>&& remove ..
>Therefore people invented 'make' and hence you can build lazarus with 
>'make' (at least, if you got 1.0.6).
>The same holds true for the auto-created-units.
>A single auto-created-unit can be built by invoking a command line tool 
>(e.g. h2pas, lazres).
>Together with make you can build a Makefile to do the update checking and 
>invoking the tool to build the auto-created-unit. So, strictly speaking, 
>we already have the tool that is discussed ('make').
>We intend to create an update-and-auto-creator (Matjaz called it 
>preprocessor) to simplify the update of auto-created-units. If this thing 
>is integrated in the IDE we gain the advantages of caching, perhaps 
>updating in memory and of course inner program communication, which is 
>always simpler than the command line. And if the user wants to compile his 
>project manually, the IDE could create a Makefile.fpc. This feature is 
>always a good idea, so we will eventually implement it anyway.
>What I'm trying to say is: Even if the update check is not a command line 
>tool, but solely integrated in the IDE, this is no disadvantage. You will 
>be able to compile it without the IDE, but it can be more difficult, just 
>as if you are not using make.

There you have a point.


PS. Building lazarus from the command line isn't  that difficult
fpc -Fudebugger -Fudesigner -Fiinclude -Fiinclude/linux lazarus.pp
should do the trick, but that a difference in the point of view you and I 
have :-)

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