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From: Boris (boriss_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-07-03 15:49:48

I stumbled over Boost.Process some months ago. The library was created as
a Google Summer of Code project in 2006 (see As I needed the functionality
provided by this library and didn't manage to contact the author I went
through the code myself to tidy it up, fix various bugs, convert the
documentation to DocBook etc.

I also added one minor but important improvement: With Boost.Asio 1.1 it's
now possible to use asynchronous I/O (on Windows the macro
BOOST_PROCESS_WINDOWS_USE_NAMED_PIPE must be defined as on Windows only
named pipes support asynchronous I/O).

I've been using the library myself only on Windows so far where it seems
to work fine. I didn't make any tests yet on a POSIX platform. I didn't
update the documentation yet much either. And I have no idea how to
integrate the samples and test programs into Boost.Build (there are two
Jamfiles but don't be surprised if they don't work :).

As this library wasn't touched for nearly 2 years I don't know if there is
any interest at all. As I had tidied up the code now anyway for my own
purposes I provide a new snapshot for the community. You can find
everything (including a link to download version 0.2) here:


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