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From: Vladimir Prus (ghost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-10-29 06:11:23

I'm pleased to announce that the next milestone release of Boost.Build V2 is
available at

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See also

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for online docs (a copy is included in distribution).

Due to large number of improvements all users are encouraged to upgrade.

Changes in this release:

    Many toolsets were added: Intel, Metrowerks, Comeau, aCC, vacpp.
    Documentation was converted to BoostBook and improved.
    Performance was improved.
    - Toolsets initialization syntax is much more uniform. Compiler and linker
      flags can now be specified.
    - The algorithm for computing build properties was improved. Conditional
      requirements can be chained, and a number of bugs were fixed.
    - Specific order of properties can be specified.
    - The main target rules can be called from everywhere, not necessary from
    - Check for "unused sources" removed.
    - The <library> feature affects only linking now.
    - The <file> feature now works only for libraries.
    - Simpler syntax for "searched" libraries was added.
    - New <dependency> feature.

        The right order of static libraries on Unix is automatically
        The <hardcode-dll-paths> feature is the default.
         The -fPIC option is passed when creating shared libraries.
         Problems with distcc were solved.
         It's now possible to use the sun linker (as opposed to gnu), and
         to compile C files.
         Shared libraries are now supported.
    MSVC: Before resource files compilation, the setup script is invoked.
          Options deprecated in 8.0 are not longer used.

The following bugs were fixed:

    - The <unit-test> rule did not handle the <library> property.
    - Don't add "bin" to the build directory explicitly specified by the user.
    - Allow <include-type> to select staged targets,
      even with <traverse-dependencies>off.
    - Includes for the form '# include <whatever>" did not work.
    - (Qt) Add paths to all dependent libs to uic command
      line, which helps if the UI files uses plugins.
    - Using <toolset-msvc:version>xxx in requirements was broken.
    - Error message printed when target can be found is much more clear.
    - Inline targets in sources of 'stage' did not work.
    - Don't produce 'independent target' warnings on Windows
    - (gcc) The <link-runtime>static did not work.
    - (gcc) Suppress warnings from the 'ar' tool on some systems.
    - (gcc) Don't try to set soname on NT.

Developer visible changes:

    - Generator priorities are gone, explicit overrides are used.
    - 'Active' features were removed
    - Support for VMS paths was added.

Thanks to Christopher Currie, Pedro Ferreira, Philipp Frauenfelder,
Andre Hentz, Jurgen Hunold, Toon Knapen, Johan Nilsson, Alexey Pakhunov,
Brock Peabody, Michael Stevens and Zbynek Winkler who contributed
code to this release.

- Volodya

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