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Subject: [boost] boost build output locations
From: Zachary Turner (divisortheory_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-08-18 01:30:25

I notice there's some strange asymmetries in the locations that the
standard boost build process outputs binaries to. Is there a reason
for this? For example, running

bjam variant=debug,release address-model=32

I get the following directory structure:

---------- boost_date_time-vc90-gd-1_39.dll
---------- boost_date_time-vc90-gd-1_39.lib
-------------- libboost_date_time-vc90-mt-gd-1_39

Alright there is one asymmetry evident. The dll version of the
binaries are in address-model-32, and the static library version of
the binaries are in address-model-32/link-static/threading-multi.
Should there be like a link-dynamic and a link-static? It makes it
much easier to automate linking and building if everything is
symmetric, because in some compilers (e.g. visual studio) you don't
have as much control as you do with a makefile.

So then we take a look at boost::thread

-------------- libboost_thread-vc90-mt-gd-1_39.lib
------------ boost_thread-vc90-mt-gd-1_39.lib
------------ boost_thread-vc90-mt-gd-1_39.dll

This time, the dll versions appeared under
address-model-32/threading-multi instead of just address-model-32 like
in date_time.

Am I going crazy and I have a messed up system, or is this just the
way it is? Is it easy to change, or would it be undesirable to change
for some reason?


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