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Subject: [boost] ryppl and cmake (was: BoostCon 2011 Dates and Hotel Discount (this week only!))
From: Eric Niebler (eric_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-05-24 13:18:24

On 5/19/2010 1:06 PM, Vladimir Prus wrote:
> David Abrahams wrote:
>> It's hard to say how soon Boost will make the transition, or even if
>> it will. I'm trying assiduously not to tie the fate of Ryppl to
>> Boost's use thereof. However, I predict that Boost *will* make that
>> transition
> I would suggest to wait with any such predictions until you can demonstrate
> that whatever new setup you propose can build all of boost, run all the tests,
> get exactly same results on those tests and further, and is actually maintained
> for a few releases and is actually better.
> I should remind about the boost-cmake project, which was announced with great noise,
> promoted to a state of an almost-official component, got mentioned at the top of release
> announcement for a certain release (*), got featured in marketing materials of certain
> company and then ended up being totally unmaintained.

It's not totally unmaintained, but your point is a fair one and I'm
surprised nobody responded. Before we could consider switching to
something like ryppl and cmake, it needs to be proven *and* there needs
to some folks (plural) committed to maintaining it long-term. To that
end, I'm throwing my hat in the ring. I'll be moving to Boston for the
summer to help Dave turn ryppl/cmake into a viable alternative. Dave and
I are both here for the long-term and are deeply invested in making
Boost just work.

Also, KitWare has donated one man-month over the next year to helping
make this happen. They'll add any features to CMake/CTest/CDash/CPack we
deem necessary.

Eric Niebler
BoostPro Computing

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