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Subject: Re: [boost] bpm, a tool to install a modular Boost distribution
From: Peter Dimov (lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-01-05 22:34:49

Beman Dawes wrote:
> Putting tools that are not normally needed by users into the boost super
> project either directly or as sub-modules seems like the monolithic
> approach we are trying to get away from. Is there any reason Boost.Build
> can't be set up to build our tools even if they are in separate boostorg
> repos?

After giving this some thought, I'm actually not quite sure what we'll be
trying to accomplish with that. Why is having the tools in $BOOST/tools/ (as
submodules) a problem?

As a developer, I (obviously) need tools/build to build and test, need
tools/quickbook and tools/boostbook (and possibly tools/auto_index as well?)
to build the documentation, need tools/inspect to run a local inspection
report, need tools/boostdep to check dependencies, so why would I ever want
to have to git clone each of those separately?

What does this leave us with? tools/bcp, which is useful for users, so it
goes into the release, tools/litre, about which I have no idea,
tools/regression and tools/server. Hm. So which of these are we going to
move outside of the tree, and what specific benefits will we derive from

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