Tools/Unity Builds

Unity Builds

No, not the game engine :)

Unity builds are a method to speed up compilation time by avoiding redundant compilation of headers. The idea is to #include multiple source (.c, .cc, .cpp, etc.) files into a single source file so that they form one translation unit instead of multiple ones. This means that headers used by multiple of these initial source files only have to be compiled once, which can speed up compilation time significantly. Especially notable improvements can be made with template heavy C++ code, that would otherwise increase the size of the separate translation units with redundant template instantiations.

In Blender, unity builds are created with the help of CMake's unity build support.

Also see:

Enabling/Disabling Unity Builds

Unity builds can be toggled via Blender's CMake option WITH_UNITY_BUILD.

Implementing Unity Builds for a Module


Preventing Naming Collisions

By merging translation units into one, there is an increased chance of naming collisions, when multiple source files define the function name/signature or type name more than once. Therefore the style guidelines include a preferred way to avoid that.