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From: Rene Rivera (grafik.list_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-05-26 09:58:30

David Abrahams wrote:
>>and the inconsistency in naming for the VC targets:
>>msvc // VC6.5 can we add vc6_5?
>>vc7 // VC7 would vc7_0 be better?
>>vc-7_1 // VC7.1 why the dash? why not vc7_1?
> The dash is there for dumb reasons: we call the toolset files
> <toolsetname>-tools.jam
> and for the purposes of building a Boost distro on CD we can't have
> filenames with multiple '.' characters in them, so we changed '.' to
> '_' in the names of things like vc-7.1-tools.jam. But we should have
> changed BBv1 to allow users to type a '.' on the command-line and
> translate it internally when we made that change; it would be pretty
> easy. As for naming consistency, yes, it would probably be better.
> BBv2 fixes all of these problems, and we've been reluctant to make
> trivial improvements in BBv1 because it's been so long anticipated
> that it would be retired. Now it looks like it won't be retired until
> just after 1.33, so it's a toss-up whether we should do anything about
> it. I'm willing to go either way.

It's easy enough to add vc-7_0-tools.jam, and vc-6_5-tools.jam that just
refer to the current files. So I think we can go ahead and do it.

The "." to "_" translation might be harder as there a people who have
their own toolsets with x.x in them. We'll have to think about that one.

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