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Subject: [boost] Boost.Build is broken?
From: Gennadiy Rozental (rogeeff_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-11-07 05:52:35


Frankly I do not know who supports Boost.Build, but how long it'll stay broken?
I can't say when it started, but ever since I started working on Boost.Test
changes I experience constant problems. I can't believe I am the only one.

1. When you take boost trunk and go into Boost.Test build or test directory and
try building using any toolset it immediately fails with:

..\..\..\libs\test\build\Jamfile.v2:110: in modules.load
rule boost-install unknown in module Jamfile</.../trunk/libs/test/build>.
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:314: in load-jamfile
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:62: in project.load
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:766: in project.use
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:89: in load-used-projects
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:73: in load
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:115: in load-parent
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:464: in initialize
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:309: in load-jamfile
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:62: in load
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:115: in load-parent
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:464: in initialize
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:309: in load-jamfile
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:62: in load
.../trunk/tools/build/v2/build\project.jam:168: in project.find
.../trunk/tools/build/v2\build-system.jam:570: in load
.../trunk\tools\build\v2/kernel\modules.jam:283: in import
.../trunk\tools\build\v2\kernel\bootstrap.jam:142: in boost-build
.../trunk\boost-build.jam:17: in module scope

2. Once I remove boost-install from Boost.Test Jamfile, I get bun of errors like

..\..\..\libs\test\src\compiler_log_formatter.cpp(16) : fatal error C1083:
Cannot open include file: 'boost/test/impl/compiler_log_formatter.ipp': No such
file or directory

Essentially boost home directory is missing from include path. How come?

3. Once I add "<include>../../.." into requirements section I can build with
msvc toolsets. Now I am trying to use gcc toolset on Windows. I have latest
cygwin installation and I am getting these errors (lots of them):


    "g++" ... # compilation line here

Access is denied.

Apparently g++ is not an executable anymore with cygwin. I am able to workaround
this by adding

using gcc : 4.5.3 : g++-4.exe ;

into user-config.jam, but why Boost.Build can't figure this out and do I need to
support this file now myself?

4. After the fix I am able to build dll based tests, but when I attempt to use
static library version of Boost.Test I am getting:


    "/usr/i686-pc-cygwin/bin/ar.exe" rc .... # list of object files here
    "/usr/i686-pc-cygwin/bin/ranlib.exe" ... # lib here

The system cannot find the path specified.
The system cannot find the path specified.

This one I do not know how to fix. So the situation is that I cannot test any
static library based unit tests (as a side note, this inability was the cause of
crashes which interrupted trunk testing month ago). I addition whenever I want
to check in my local changes to Jamfile (excluding hacks which I actually do not
want to check in) it is rather annoying process.

Any help would be appreciated,

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