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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-05-20 15:00:16

on Fri May 18 2007, "John Maddock" <> wrote:

> David Abrahams wrote:
>>> Exactly, the idea was to enhance the script to handle
>>> CXX/CXXFLAGS/LDFLAGS etc, so users could build with compilers not
>>> necessarily supported by Boost.Build yet.
>> There's no chance of that. BB is not prepared to run arbitrary
>> compilers, and make just invokes bjam.
> Sure, but with a "generic" toolset that used CXX/CXXFLAGS etc to run an
> arbitrary compiler, we surely could support that?

What are you proposing gets done with platform/compiler-independent
build properties that are in existing Jamfiles? Do they just
disappear, or do they get translated into one person's idea of a
standard compiler flag? What does "support" mean in either case?
What do we tell people when their builds don't work?

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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