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Subject: Re: [boost] Can a Boost library use a component like GMP and mfpr that have a LGPL license ?
From: Eric Niebler (eric_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-03-20 18:17:06

Stefan Seefeld wrote:
> Paul A. Bristow wrote:
>> Might we enter into discussion with GMP and mfpr developers to get
>> explicit
>> permission to package their library within Boost?
> Is there any reason to require boost to be self-contained ? Why can't it
> depend on external libraries for some cases, especially if those
> libraries are already freely available and hugely popular, thus the
> chances that they are already present are high.
> I agree that it would be good not to expose this dependency through the
> API, though, so if it got replaced, API compatibility would be
> maintainable.

You mean, the way Boost.Regex can be configured to use IBM's ICU library
for handling Unicode? And Boost.Python requires Python?

Eric Niebler
BoostPro Computing

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