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Subject: Re: [boost] Extremely large Visual Studio libboost_log_setup* binaries
From: Antony Polukhin (antoshkka_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-07-03 12:43:06

2013/7/3 Andrey Semashev <andrey.semashev_at_[hidden]>

> > > On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Tom Kent <lists_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> <...>
> > > > example the msvc-8.0-64 build went from 2GB to 5GB. Upon further

Linux kernel binaries weight 2mb, Firefox binaries weight ~100mb. Libraries
of Boost.Log weight ~3GB.

I did not compare library sizes purposefully, but it is very possible to be
> the case. If you build the complete version of the library, the resulting
> binaries are expected to be large. Someone else asked me a similar question
> on the SF, and the answer is, well, because there is lots of code in there.
> The setup library is especially big because it contains rather complicated
> Boost.Spirit parsers for filters and formatters and it instantiates parsed
> filters and formatters for all fundamental types. Multiply that by the
> number of character types the library supports.

Those are lame excuses. Remove duplicated code (a big part of Boost.Log is
a reinvented Boost.Thread). Do not generate so many parsers (type erasure?).

Created a ticket #8773 (

Best regards,
Antony Polukhin

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