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Subject: Re: [boost] New name of bjam.exe
From: Roland Bock (rbock_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-07-22 10:22:02

Vladimir Prus wrote:
> Boosters,
> I am sure that most of you got accustomed to typing "bjam" in console whenever you
> want to build things. This name is old, and derives from a tool named "jam", which
> is even older (around for maybe 20 years). However, this name is probably no longer
> good.
> First, having a single project be identified by both "Boost.Build" and "bjam" names
> proves inconveninent from "marketing" and conveninence standpoints, to the point where
> many users try to read documentation for Boost.Jam, don't find anything there, and
> become upset.
> Second, users get the idea that Boost.Build is somehow related to "Classic Jam", which
> is not true.
> For those reasons, Rene and I have decided that "bjam.exe" should go. We're thinking
> about naming the executable simply "build.exe", since no other build tool bothered to
> take it.
> Does anybody have comments, or better suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Volodya

Reading the contributions to this thread makes me wonder:

How is this ever going to be decided? Is there a policy for changing
names within boost?
- Is it a democratic decision?
- Or can the maintainers rename their stuff in whatever way they like?
- Or do we need a review manager who will organize a review once the
maintainers have come up with a new name?



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