Re: [RFC] building postgres with meson - v13

From: Andres Freund <andres(at)anarazel(dot)de>
To: Nathan Bossart <nathandbossart(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>, Peter Eisentraut <peter(dot)eisentraut(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Thomas Munro <thomas(dot)munro(at)gmail(dot)com>, Justin Pryzby <pryzby(at)telsasoft(dot)com>, samay sharma <smilingsamay(at)gmail(dot)com>, Nazir Bilal Yavuz <byavuz81(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [RFC] building postgres with meson - v13
Date: 2022-09-22 20:28:09
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On 2022-09-22 13:05:33 -0700, Nathan Bossart wrote:
> I gave the meson build system a try, and it seems to work nicely. It
> didn't take long at all to adapt my workflow.
> A few notes from my experience:
> * I'm using an Ubuntu-based distribution, and the version of meson that apt
> installed was not new enough for Postgres. I ended up cloning meson [0]
> and using the newest tag. This is no big deal.

I assume this is 20.04 LTS? If so, we're missing it by one version of meson
currently. There's unfortunately a few features that'd be a bit painful to not

> * The installed binaries were unable to locate libraries like libpq. I
> ended up setting the extra_lib_dirs option to the directory where these
> libraries were installed to fix this. This one is probably worth
> investigating further.

I think that should be "fixed" in a later commit in the meson tree - any
chance you could try that?

> * meson really doesn't like it when there are things leftover from
> configure/make. Whenever I switch from make to meson, I have to run 'make
> maintainer-clean'.

Yes. I recommend building out-of-tree with autoconf as well.

> Otherwise, all of my usual build options, ccache, etc. are working just
> like before. Nice work!


Thanks for testing,

Andres Freund

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