[swift-build-dev] Building a Swift package containing a module.modulemap and C files

Daniel Dunbar daniel_dunbar at apple.com
Wed Jan 20 11:25:59 CST 2016

> On Jan 20, 2016, at 9:03 AM, Ricardo N Olivieri via swift-build-dev <swift-build-dev at swift.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> At this point in time, the Swift PM doesn’t handle C code. And though Swift PM’s goal is not probably to compile C code, we are wondering about the following scenario: A swift package that consists of the expected Package.swift file, a module.modulemap file, and C files. In a situation like this, the Swift package cannot be compiled by the Swift PM.
> A possible solution for this could be to have an indication that the C code present in the package should be compiled with the C compiler and a way to specify what flags should be passed to the C compiler. For example, the Package.swift file could include a directive to kick off a Ninja or Makefile that is then responsible for compiling and linking the C code.  
> Is this something that would or could be considered to be within scope of the Swift PM? 

Yes, certainly.

I have a proposal for initial support for this here:
and it is on the short list of things I want to work on, but I've unfortunately been hit with a bunch of other distractions and sickness so it hasn't gotten much attention yet.

 - Daniel

> Regards,
>   Ricardo Olivieri
>   Software Engineer
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