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From: David Abrahams (david.abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-02-28 15:49:29

----- Original Message -----
From: "braden_mcdaniel" <braden_at_[hidden]>

> --- In boost_at_y..., Rene Rivera <grafik666_at_r...> wrote:
> > Takign a look at what other source type programs do (gcc, emacs,
> perl, etc.).
> Don't look at what other programs do; look at what other *libraries* do.
> > It seems that versioning the subdirectories under a common prefix
> location is
> > a workable practice. Would then something like the following work
> for us?
> >
> > $prefix/include/boost/1.27.0/boost/.../*.hpp
> > $prefix/lib/boost/1.27.0/*.(a,so)
> > $prefix/share/boost/1.27.0/tools/build/*.jam
> That's offensive.

Please try to keep extreme pronouncements out of the discussion. This sort
of thing just causes static and doesn't help at all.

> Why would you do this? The versioning "problem" is solved by autoconf
> and libtool.
> If someone wants to install multiple boost versions on their system at
> once, the solution is simple: don't put them under the same prefix.

That's not a very smooth solution for those who need to test against
multiple versions. Having a version number under a common prefix really
simplifies configuration: it means you don't need to explicitly specify an
installation directory for each version you want to test against.


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