Add clean_stale command

This CL adds a utility command to gn for cleaning out stale data from
build directories. As users change configurations, arguments or gn
files, the ninja build graph gets updated, but files and ninja database
entries remain. This command is effectively a wrapper around a pair of
ninja tools: cleandead and recompact. The former removes no longer
needed output files from the build directory and the latter prunes their
entries from the .ninja_log and .ninja_deps files.

Additionally, --clean-stale has been added as an option to the gen
command.

Change-Id: Ic931c1ac9fdf954d9a40318c7747ac9992a64045
Reviewed-on: https://gn-review.googlesource.com/c/gn/+/10401
Commit-Queue: RJ Ascani <rjascani@google.com>
Reviewed-by: Brett Wilson <brettw@chromium.org>
8 files changed
tree: e3587166d4ddbf25e248e9508acaee7eabc53bba
  1. .clang-format
  2. .editorconfig
  3. .gitignore
  4. .style.yapf
  5. AUTHORS
  6. LICENSE
  7. OWNERS
  8. README.md
  9. build/
  10. docs/
  11. examples/
  12. infra/
  13. misc/
  14. src/
  15. tools/
README.md

GN

GN is a meta-build system that generates build files for Ninja.

Related resources:

Getting a binary

You can download the latest version of GN binary for Linux, macOS and Windows.

Alternatively, you can build GN from source:

git clone https://gn.googlesource.com/gn
cd gn
python build/gen.py
ninja -C out
# To run tests:
out/gn_unittests

On Windows, it is expected that cl.exe, link.exe, and lib.exe can be found in PATH, so you'll want to run from a Visual Studio command prompt, or similar.

On Linux and Mac, the default compiler is clang++, a recent version is expected to be found in PATH. This can be overridden by setting CC, CXX, and AR.

Examples

There is a simple example in examples/simple_build directory that is a good place to get started with the minimal configuration.

To build and run the simple example with the default gcc compiler:

cd examples/simple_build
../../out/gn gen -C out
ninja -C out
./out/hello

For a maximal configuration see the Chromium setup:

and the Fuchsia setup:

Reporting bugs

If you find a bug, you can see if it is known or report it in the bug database.

Sending patches

GN uses Gerrit for code review. The short version of how to patch is:

Register at https://gn-review.googlesource.com.

... edit code ...
ninja -C out && out/gn_unittests

Then, to upload a change for review:

git commit
git push origin HEAD:refs/for/master

The first time you do this you'll get an error from the server about a missing change-ID. Follow the directions in the error message to install the change-ID hook and run git commit --amend to apply the hook to the current commit.

When revising a change, use:

git commit --amend
git push origin HEAD:refs/for/master

which will add the new changes to the existing code review, rather than creating a new one.

We ask that all contributors sign Google's Contributor License Agreement (either individual or corporate as appropriate, select ‘any other Google project’).

Community

You may ask questions and follow along with GN‘s development on Chromium’s gn-dev@ Google Group.