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Subject: Re: [boost] Use of third-party libraries
From: Michael Shepanski (mps_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-07-24 04:01:37

On 24/07/2014 5:42 PM, Andrey Semashev wrote:
> Having constants so that the user is able to specify the paths
> manually (either in user-config.jam or bjam command line) is required.
> However, on Linux (and on other UNIX-like systems as well) there are
> standard locations for headers and libs which need not be specified in
> the compiler command line. So if libpq is installed but the bjam
> constants are not set you might still be able to compile your backend.
> In order to check that you'll have to attempt to compile a test
> application. Then there is pkgconfig, which can be used to obtain
> these paths automatically. It is quite common in Linux and probably
> other UNIX-like systems, although I'm not sure. Of course, how far you
> are willing to go in inspecting the environment is up to you.
> There is another aspect that may require test applications. I don't
> know if that's your case but you may have requirements on specific
> versions or features of the third party libraries. You can use test
> applications to verify that the third party library fulfills your
> requirements.

Thanks. Okay, I think I understand the issues now.

Not being an expert in either Boost.Build or any modern form of Unix, I
find it all rather daunting, so I'd appreciate any opinions on what
counts as an adequate, as opposed to ideal, solution. Meanwhile I will
proceed on the assumption that no corners are to be cut.

--- Michael

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