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Subject: Re: [boost] Boost.Build changes for 1.38
From: Chris (indy271828_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-03 15:08:13

Ravi wrote:
> On Monday 03 November 2008 13:11:26 Chris wrote:
>> I use many libraries, I learned bjam because I use boost in Windows and
>> linux. I use ACE, fltk, and compile many. Overall, I do not fully
>> trust any convention of INSTALL.txt and README.txt. Sometimes they have
>> compilation instructions in README (fltk). Or in ACE-INSTALL.html. Or
>> on the website. Or a text file refers to another source. Or under
>> program option help (cmake openalsoft).
>> If I have a configure, then I don't even read anything. ./configure
>> --help to see options. ./configure, make, sudo make install
>> If not, then I look at any binaries or special files in the directory
>> that tell me what type of build system it uses, or at any text files. I
>> look for "To install, do this: ...". I usually first ignore html
>> files, since I can't vi them. (Sometimes I'm on the console or network.)
> I do not understand your point. As a mostly *nix user, here's my take:
I gave my personal process for building anything in general, if boost
development wanted to know. The boost configure can be removed for me.
If so, my preference is to have a plain text INSTALL.txt file because
it's universal (if I don't have a browser).

> 1. Most users will use whatever their distribution provides (Linux,
> OpenSolaris, etc.) and the distribution packagers will figure out that
> bjam/cmake is what is required.
The latest boost for ubuntu intrepid is 1.35.
Most of time time I don't bother because they are not the latest. ACE:
5.6.3 (latest is 5.6.6), fltk 1.1 (I use fltk 2).

> 2. For those that compile from source, the binaries will be installed in some
> special place, and probably have some complex flags; these users are poorly
> served by the presence of a configure script that does not exactly match their
> expectations.
Right, for example I disable python manually because the configure
script can't automatically do it. (not fully installed)

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