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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-07-11 15:05:35

Dave Abrahams and I had a discussion yesterday, and agreed that Boost.Build
is about ready for prime time. The key components have been stable for a
while now, and it is time to make the build system available to Boost

Boost.Build is essentially an installation aid, doesn't impact actual
library code, and can be ignored by users who prefer some other build
approach. Thus we don't see it as needing a formal review, and unless
others think differently, we are planning to start integrating it into the

Here is my tentative task list for integrating Boost.Build into the next
Boost release, together with who has volunteered to carry out the task:

* Merge the current branch code into the main trunk. It is currently in a
top level directory named "build". Dave and I talked about adding a
"tools" top level directory, with "build" a sub-directory, allowing for
easy addition of other tools at a latter date. [Dave]

* Add end-user level documentation. Dave has already written docs for the
build system itself, but that is primarily for those who need detail
understanding. The current "Download" page (and any other related pages
like "More") need to be updated with simple task-oriented "how to do a
build" end-user instructions, including about Jam itself. [Beman]

* Toolset description files (i.e. compiler configuration files) need to be
developed for more compilers. Toolsets are currently available for
Borland, GCC, GCC-STLport, Metrowerks, and Microsoft compilers. [Volunteers

* Beta test. Once the above tasks are complete, we will need volunteers
to take a test drive, and report both technical and documentation
problems. [Volunteers will be needed once "how to do a build" web page
updates complete.]

* Follow up on bug reports and make adjustments in light of experience.

* Convert the current regression test system to Boost.Build. (This isn't
required to release Boost.Build for library build use.) [Dave and others]

Comments? Have I forgotten anything important?


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