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From: Rene Rivera (grafikrobot_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-07-29 19:34:59

Edward Diener wrote:
> Robert Ramey wrote:
>> Edward Diener wrote:
>>> Robert Ramey wrote:

>> That's what I think as well.
>> Currently in tools/regression there is I should be in your
>> local
>> copy of boost. Take a look at it.
> It is there but it does me little good if I am running Windows.

People have to start with something. Robert is choosing to use the shell
script for this, perhaps because that's easiest for him. If his solution
works out someone else might translate it to BAT, or more likely Python,
or even support it directly in Boost.Build.

> Peter Dimov suggested running the tests for each library in which one is
> interested. Fair enough, but the compiler names and the version numbers
> one needs to use for a particular compiler, as well as the bjam command
> line, are obscure to me.

See my other reply to this.

> In general I find the bjam documentation
> well-intentioned but very difficult to understand.

Yes, and we know. But how is it difficult to understand? What's missing?
  It's very hard to write good documentation, and most programmers are
not good at writing docs. We even have a relatively new effort to driven
by Matias Capeletto, one of the Google Summer of Code students, to
improve Boost documentation overall. Perhaps you can help them, not by
joining the effort, but by the simple act of providing critique as a
user where/what/how can be improved and/or is lacking.

> There has to be an easier way.

Certainly. But good solutions take time and effort ;-) I think Robert is
driving in a good direction and we'll hopefully learn how we can improve
the testing structure from his efforts.

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