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Subject: Re: [boost] Interface for configuring third-party dependencies
From: Mateusz Loskot (mateusz_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-10-20 10:35:49

On 20/10/10 09:13, Vladimir Prus wrote:
> Rene Rivera wrote:
>> The problem I see with that is that those will collide with my
>> extensions for building from source. And IIRC there are some Boost libs
>> with external dependencies that allow sources already (which builds the
>> library). More concretely.. I can't have both this prebuilt declaration,
>> and mine for zlib:
>> using zlib : 1.2.3 : $(ROOT)/sdk/zlib ;
> Well, you can't have exact same declaration, but it's possible to have this:
> using zlib : source $(ROOT)/sdk/zlib ;

Would it be possible to be able to determine version
and compare against min version required?

> Actually, it's probably reasonable to ask whether we want to support building
> from source for all external libraries, or for select ones, and if the latter,
> how do we decide? Supporting build from source for all libraries might easily
> become troublesome -- especially, if those libraries are being actively developed.

IMHO, building from source is not required.
There is usually no problem with building binaries if source available,
So, once installed, they could be specified to use by Boost.Build.

>> I'm assuming you will have some utilities for specifying things like the
>> version number of libraries since it's important some times to build
>> code against specific versions. Right?

Ah, so I have repeated this question above.

> That's a good question. I did not had it in my original plan. The primary
> problem I see is that a project might specify a certain version, while
> user-config.jam might not specify any, and:
> - requiring that user always specify version, especially for system libraries,
> is annoying
> - detecting the version automatically might be tricky.
> What do you suggest?

Mmy experiences suggest there are usually two
ways to determine version:
1. Scan public header for preprocessor definition specifying version
2. Call utility config program, like pg_config --version

If it would be possible to have these two schemes provided,
I think it should be well enough.
For users who find it not sufficient, they always can manually assure
minimum versions required are installed in their systems.

My 5 groschen.

Best regards,

Mateusz Loskot,
Charter Member of OSGeo,
Member of ACCU,

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