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Subject: Re: [boost] [modularization] proposal and poll
From: Nat Goodspeed (nat_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-05-29 18:35:25

On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM, Julian Gonggrijp <j.gonggrijp_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> I think there could be a less ambitious but faster way to provide
> automated dependency handling. It would take no more than some static
> configuration, to list for each library what other Boost libraries it
> depends on, combined with a simple script that automatically traverses
> the dependency graph and clones just the necessary submodules. This
> script may then be hooked into the bootstrap script.

I love this idea.

> The following (evolutionary) global changes to Boost should be planned
> and given priority over any other proposals [e.g. 5], in the following
> order:
> 1. Reduction of dependencies between Boost libraries.
> 2. Simple but effective automation of dependency handling.

I'd like to suggest reversing this order: describing even the existing
dependencies would be valuable. It would also give us a way to
quantify incremental reductions in dependencies. "Look, this pull
request removes two dependencies from this library and seven of its

> I invite every opinionated
> person reading this to reply with a vote, either in favour of the
> proposal or against it.

I am thrilled that you are championing this idea. Please proceed!

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