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Subject: Re: [boost] Boost.Build changes for 1.38
From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-02 09:26:08

on Sun Nov 02 2008, Vladimir Prus <> wrote:

>> Yeah. For a surprisingly large number of *nix users, if the
>> process doesn't look like ./configure && make && make install, they will
>> get upset.
> I am not so sure

This is not just a theory; we have empirical evidence.

> -- it is my feeling that any process that, in default case,
> does not requires to manually specify anything, but just run 1, or 2, or 3
> commands, will be fine with most folks.
>> That's the reason the configure script was created. Only a
>> small subset of those users may try to set CXXFLAGS et. al, and even a
>> smaller subset needs to do cross-compilation, so I believe we're making
>> more people happy than angry. I would be very, very cautious about
>> removing the configure script.
> In any case, we can retain the configure script, but make it wrapper over
> the above scheme, and also change the makefile to be exactly this:
> all:
> bjam
> install:
> bjam install

That's fine with me.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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