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cross Some more cross tweaking.
data Moved rpm macros to a subdirectory to reduce clutter.
man Bump version number for release.
manual tests Typo fixes.
modules modules/rpm: add compiler deps for gcc, gcc-c++
test cases Make extract_objects work with subdirectories.
tools Convert project name.
.gitattributes Created a git attributes file.
.gitignore Made output test results in junit xml to allow better in…
COPYING Start of project.
authors.txt dependencies: Handle .la lib files returned by pkgconfig in uninstall… Make extract_objects work with subdirectories. Fixed gui app. Harmonised copyright declarations. add has_type method
contributing.txt Fix use of shared subprojects. Bump version number for new development. Bump version number for release. Harmonised copyright declarations. Use -fPIC instead of -fPIE as it seems to be the new requirement. Clo… When new rpath is empty, remove rpath defintion from the dynamic entr… Can specify custom search directories in find_library. Install introspect as a command and add a man page for it. add has_type method
jjb-meson.yaml Provide jenkins-job-builder yaml for meson introduce check python version in Fix destdir for install targets. Closes #32. Do not invoke linker via cmd /c on Windows. Renamed buildtype from "type" to "buildtype" for consistency. Harmonised copyright declarations. Handle outputs in arrays in mesonintrospect. Closes #50. Pass gracefully if dpkg-architecture is not installed.
mesonmain.ui Display options in a form.
mesonrunner.ui UI file for external program runner.
mesonstart.ui Set up directories with launcher. Do not invoke linker via cmd /c on Windows. Handle then unary negation operator. In Vala .vapi files are sort of headers that you must put on the comm… Better error messages for user options
readme.txt Readme tweaking. Fix cross compilation tests. Do not invoke linker via cmd /c on Windows. Harmonised copyright declarations. User optparse in symbolextractor. added support for optional custom command and replace_string paramete… Some vs2010 fixes. add support for tar.xz file. Closes #126 Deal with Files in xcode generator.


Meson® is project to create the best possible next-generation
build system.


Python (version 3.4 or newer)

Installing from source

You can run Meson directly from a revision control checkout or an
extracted tarball.  Installing it system-wide is simple.

Configure step: None
Compile step:   None
Unit test step: ./
Install step:   [sudo] ./ --prefix /your/prefix --destdir /destdir/path

The default value of prefix is /usr/local. The default value of destdir
is empty. 


Meson requires that you have a source directory and a build directory
and that these two are different. In your source root must exist a file
called ''. To generate the build system run this command:

meson <source directory> <build directory>

You can omit either of the two directories, and Meson will substitute
the current directory and autodetect what you mean. This allows you to
do things like this:

cd source_root; mkdir build; cd build; meson ..
cd source_root; mkdir build; meson build

To compile, cd into your build directory and type 'ninja'. To run unit
tests, type 'ninja test'.

Install is the same but it can take an extra argument:

DESTDIR=/destdir/path ninja install

DESTDIR can be omitted. If you are installing to system directories,
you may need to run this command with sudo.


We love code contributions. See the contributing.txt file for


The irc channel for Meson is #mesonbuild over at freenode.

Further info

The home page of Meson can be found here:

Meson is a registered trademark of Jussi Pakkanen
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