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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-08-08 09:15:38

on Wed Aug 08 2007, Stefan Seefeld <> wrote:

>>> I've used 'dependee', but I'm not sure if it's correct English.
>> No according to me - and as I'm really English English, I should know ;¬))
>> I don't think there is an existing word, surprisingly.
>> I am the provider for my dependents, but that too isn't quite the right word?
>> It doesn't quite imply that I really am depended on?
> I still fail to see the problem. What is wrong with 'prerequisite' ?
> The entry in makes it
> look quite suitable.

There's a subtle temporal aspect ("pre") that I don't think we want to

Actually I don't like either "prerequisite" or "dependency" all that
much, because both imply that the prerequisite/dependency library
isn't useful on its own ("it's just a prerequisite for the rest of
Boost"). I think, unless we're talking explicitly about a
relationship between two libraries, I prefer "core" or "base" or
something simple like Beman chose initially, which distinguishes the
libraries' role without implying any relationship to the other

We can still use that relationship as a criterion for choosing core

backpedaling-ly y'rs,

Dave Abrahams
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