Questions about the build process


Michael Zimmermann
 

Out of curiosity I took a closer look at how the build system works
internall(especially the Makefile generation and parallel builds) and
I got some questions which I hope you can answer:

Why are we using make at all?
As far as I can see we're not using any special make functionality and
most dependency calculation is done in the python build tool anyway.
So why don't we just run the build commands ourselves from within the
build tool?

Why is every module being build separately / Why don't we generate one
makefile which does everything ?
To give an opposite view on the previous question, why don't we
generate makefiles which contain the whole internal dependency graph
so the build tool can then call a top level 'make' and not worry about
anything. We wouldn't even have to implement any kind of parallel
build support(which we currently have a lot of code for) because make
would do that for us.

If scrambled log output during parallel builds is a concern, then we
could switch to the "ninja" build system which would probably be way
more suited for edk2's usecase because it's a pretty fast low level
language which also gives you proper logs when building in parallel.
ninja is available for linux, mac and windows.

Thanks
Michael

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