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mesonmain.ui Display options in a form.
mesonrunner.ui UI file for external program runner.
mesonstart.ui Set up directories with launcher. Harmonised copyright declarations. Yo dawg, can embed quoted single quotes inside quotes. Autodetect Qt5 rcc dependencies as well as reasonably possible. Renamed buildtype from "type" to "buildtype" for consistency.
readme.txt Bump Python requirement in readme. Closes #101. Use lib as library path in unit tests. Encoding of result file is always utf-8. Harmonised copyright declarations. User optparse in symbolextractor. added support for optional custom command and replace_string paramete… Vs2010 fix from mfrischknecht. Closes #98. Refactor git updating to a method. Generate configure files immediately when they are declared. Closes #88.


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 mean that you
can do things like this:

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