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From: Daryle Walker (darylew_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-11-27 14:41:13

On 11/27/06 1:44 AM, "Sohail Somani" <s.somani_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden] on behalf of Daryle Walker
> I don't think Boost, are any part of it, should _require_ an install
> procedure. It should be possible for any user to just take the actual
> header and source files and use any build system s/he has.
> ----
> Sorry to interrupt but what do you mean here? Any non-trivial library of
> source code needs to be built. Something sufficiently complex will be tied to
> a build system.

I thought that Boost would be one of the exceptions; that a build system
wouldn't be mandatory. We have kept that ideal for the most part.

> You're not making any sense to me... Are you suggesting that
> all of boost source should be compiled by #include directives?! I must've
> missed some context in this discussion.

All the *.hpp headers would be compiled by #inclusion, of course. I meant
that any required *.cpp source files can be incorporated into a project
however the user wants, without being forced to use some sort of "officially
blessed" extra-lingual tool. (A non-Boost example would be the special
preprocessor Qt uses.) All the Boost tools should remain secondary to the
goals of providing C++ libraries. I don't want Boost.Python starting a
"slippery slope".

Daryle Walker
Mac, Internet, and Video Game Junkie
darylew AT hotmail DOT com

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