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Subject: Re: [boost] How to make tests building faster?
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-12-23 13:19:14

on Tue Dec 20 2011, Mateusz Łoskot <> wrote:

> On 20 December 2011 16:23, Dave Abrahams <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> on Tue Dec 20 2011, Mateusz Łoskot <> wrote:
>>> I'm trying to figure out if there is anything I could do to improve
>>> compile/link-time for tests of Boost.Geometry library.
>>> Currently, the tests follow fairly canonical approach in Boost:
>>> 1) Each .cpp file defines a single test program and all local test
>>>     routines are executed from test_main()
>> That's your problem right there.
> Yes, I'm aware that's a weak link.
>> The canonical organization is
>> unfriendly to fast test times and I would not use it for my next
>> library.  It's better to put more tests together in the same executable,
>> and more in the same translation unit.
> Interesting. Would you use Boost.Test for next libary?

I might. Historically, I have not needed what Boost.Test provides and
issues with the stability of Boost.Test, especially close to release
times, has made me wary. However, IIUC, it is well-suited to the
many-tests-in-one-executable model. So I'd probably take another look
at it.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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