xPack Meson Build v0.59.4-1 released
The xPack Meson Build is a standalone cross-platform binary distribution of Meson Build.
There are separate binaries for Windows (Intel 32/64-bit), macOS (Intel 64-bit, Apple Silicon 64-bit) and GNU/Linux (Intel 32/64-bit, Arm 32/64-bit).
The binary files are available from GitHub Releases.
- Intel GNU/Linux 32/64-bit: any system with GLIBC 2.15 or higher (like Ubuntu 12 or later, Debian 8 or later, RedHat/CentOS 7 later, Fedora 20 or later, etc)
- Arm GNU/Linux 32/64-bit: any system with GLIBC 2.23 or higher (like Ubuntu 16 or later, Debian 9 or later, RedHat/CentOS 8 or later, Fedora 24 or later, etc)
- Intel Windows 32/64-bit: Windows 7 with the Universal C Runtime (UCRT), Windows 8, Windows 10
- Intel macOS 64-bit: 10.13 or later
- Apple Silicon macOS 64-bit: 11.6 or later
The full details of installing the xPack Meson Build on various platforms are presented in the separate Install page.
The easiest way to install Meson Build is with
by using the binary xPack, available as
xpm tool available, installing
the latest version of the package and adding it as
a dependency for a project is quite easy:
cd my-project xpm init # Only at first use. xpm install @xpack-dev-tools/meson-build@latest ls -l xpacks/.bin
To install this specific version, use:
xpm install @firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also possible to install Meson Build globally, in the user home folder, but this requires xPack aware tools to automatically identify them and manage paths.
xpm install --global @xpack-dev-tools/meson-build@latest --verbose
To remove the links from the current project:
cd my-project xpm uninstall @xpack-dev-tools/meson-build
To completely remove the package from the global store:
xpm uninstall --global @xpack-dev-tools/meson-build
The xPack Meson Build generally follows the official Meson Build releases.
The current version is based on:
- Meson Build release 0.59.4 from Oct 28th, 2021.
Compared to the upstream version, there are no functional changes.
To simplify dependency management, this release embeds a Python 3.9.7 instance.
meson executable is a standard ELF/EXE which includes the Python
main() function prepares the Python environment and then
invokes the Meson main:
PyRun_SimpleString("from mesonbuild import mesonmain\n"); PyRun_SimpleString("sys.exit(mesonmain.main())\n");
The Python library is located in the standard location:
lib/python3.9/lib-dynload(the platform dependent files)
The Meson files are located in:
To speed up execution, all Python files are compiled and are
available only as
On all platforms the packages are standalone, and expect only the standard runtime to be present on the host.
All dependencies that are build as shared libraries are copied locally
libexec folder (or in the same folder as the executable for Windows).
On GNU/Linux the binaries are adjusted to use a relative path:
$ readelf -d library.so | grep runpath 0x000000000000001d (RPATH) Library rpath: [$ORIGIN]
In the GNU ld.so search strategy, the
the highest priority, higher than
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, so if this later one
is set in the environment, it should not interfere with the xPack binaries.
Please note that previous versions, up to mid-2020, used
has a priority lower than
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, and does not tolerate setting
it in the environment.
Similarly, on macOS, the binaries are adjusted with
install_name_tool to use a
The original documentation is available from:
The binaries for all supported platforms (Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux) were built using the xPack Build Box (XBB), a set of build environments based on slightly older distributions, that should be compatible with most recent systems.
The scripts used to build this distribution are in:
For the prerequisites and more details on the build procedure, please see the README-MAINTAINER page.
Before publishing, a set of simple tests were performed on an exhaustive set of platforms. The results are available from:
The SHA-256 hashes for the files are:
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Support for 32-bit Intel Linux and Intel Windows will most probably be dropped in 2022. Support for 32-bit Arm Linux will be preserved for a while, due to the large user base of 32-bit Raspberry Pi systems.
Linux minimum requirements
Support for RedHat 7 will most probably be dropped in 2022, and the minimum requirement will be raised to GLIBC 2.27, available starting with Ubuntu 18 and RedHat 8.
- GitHub xpack-dev-tools/meson-build-xpack
- this release
- all xPack releases
- individual file counters (grouped per release)
- npmjs.com @xpack-dev-tools/meson-build
Credit to Shields IO for the badges and to Somsubhra/github-release-stats for the individual file counters.