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Subject: Re: [boost] Boost.Build changes for 1.38
From: Michael Caisse (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-02 17:34:40

David Abrahams wrote:
> 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.

I'm not sure what empirical evidence we have but I can believe it.
On the other hand.... I spend a fair amount of time on the boost
IRC navigating people away from the ./configure && make method.
It isn't like we have users pop onto IRC to explain how well
something works... so it may be fine for a large majority.
However, we do have a swarm of people after new releases on IRC
who cannot get the ./configure && make process to "work".

The fastest route to success has repeatedly been to follow the
"second method" in the Getting Started guide. The method that
describes the bjam command line to execute.

I personally haven't tried the ./configure && make process so
maybe I should do so. I do field 1 or 2 "can't build boost"
problems each day I'm on IRC and typically they involve
the ./configure && make process.


Michael Caisse
Object Modeling Designs

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