[cmake-developers] Introductions and questions

Steve Wilson stevew at wolfram.com
Fri Jan 24 17:25:29 EST 2014

Hi all,

I just wanted to offer a quick introduction.   My name is Steve Wilson.   I work at Wolfram Research and have been the primary developer of build systems that use CMake as a build system generator.    In the course of using CMake to replace older systems I have had to make the occasional change to CMake to match older functionality or to work with requirements for our builds.   I have reported some of these changes to the Mantis tracker, some have been incorporated into the mainstream CMake and some have not.   As a result, I maintain a separate fork of  CMake for our purposes.    With the accelerated release schedule (with respect to the older CVS days when things moved a little slower) of CMake these days, I find it harder to keep my fork up-to-date.   I would like to go ahead and merge/submit some of my changes back to the project in order to simplify maintenance, etc…   Of course changes would have to be approved etc and I understand that approval may or may not happen on any given change, but this is the place to start so I’m starting.

The first item I would like to see merged back to the project is issue 9974 in the Mantis tracker (CMake should support custom commands that can vary by configuration).   I am the author of the original set of patches submitted in that report.   I did not have time to follow up on that Mantis issue as responses developed, but can follow up now.

I also have a second set of changes that add support for Objective-C as a supported development language.   I understand that CMake does a pretty good job with Objective-C support as it is, but I have found my company’s needs for iOS related projects to require full support from CMake for Objective-C.   

I am happy to proceed according to any guidelines you have with regards to submitting patches or getting push access to the git CMake repository.    If you could let me know how you would like me to proceed I would appreciate the guidance.

Looking forward to hearing from and working with you all.

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