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Subject: Re: [boost] Submodules of Boost libraries
From: Niall Douglas (s_sourceforge_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-10-06 20:02:26

On 6 Oct 2014 at 14:39, Mathias Gaunard wrote:

> >> I'd like to ready my library for inclusion into Boost.
> >> My library is made of several modules, and I'd like to keep that into
> >> Boost.
> >>
> >> How does Boost handles multiple submodules within a library submodule?
> >
> > I'm getting a little confused as to what we mean by module, library,
> > sub module, repository etc.
> Boost is a set of libraries, which are managed by git submodules.
> My own library is split in several functional modules, primarily because
> some of them have special dependencies and are optional.
> How should this be presented for inclusion into Boost?

Boost.Thread is slowly breaking itself up into submodules. So is
proposed Boost.AFIO. I would assume so will other Boost libraries
over time.

The technical part is easy - submit the master git super module. The
hard part is management - Boost currently demands to host its own
copy of every Boost library, and that gets much harder with library

I guess submodule dependencies could also gain Boost copies named
Boost.AFIO.local-bind-cpp-library where local-bind-cpp-library is a
submodule. However, let's say local-bind-cpp-library is of terrible
quality not fit for Boost. Or let's say it's a library whose control
cannot be passed to Boost. Now what?

It seems to me that Boost may have to not take copies of libraries.
At which point we'll need a robust orphanage and preferably immediate
deprecation and elimination policy.


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