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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-12-15 16:12:42

Andreas Pokorny wrote:
> Hi Boosters,
> I am using boost in several projects now, and some of these projects
> will be released as open source. So they will have a configure script
> that checks the compiling host, and which should report missing
> libraries. I saw many open source projects adding boost to their source
> code tree directly, thus these projects dont have to check the proper
> boost versions, or library names.
> That solve the problem, but thats not a fine solution. To simplify
> using boost libraries i would like to see boost supporting pkg-config
> or a different maybe better approach which fits better to boost's needs.
> But first I would like to explain how pkg-config works, and how
> pkg-config makes using librariers simple.
> The pkg-config package can be found here:
> It seems to work on all unix systems and windows. The pkg-config script
> parses .pc files from several locations in the system, and allows
> querrying the existance, version, compiler flags and linker flags of
> installed libraries.

That sounds very similar to Ullrich Koethe's idea as described in
( Is that about right?

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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