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Subject: Re: [boost] RFC: Separating Boost.Python from Boost
From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-05-30 14:18:45

On 5/30/15 3:29 AM, Peter Dimov wrote:
> Robert Ramey wrote:
>> Why would anyone want to use this? and for what?
> It's a Linux thing.
> On Linux, you do
> apt-get install boost
> and you get a pre-built Boost release (1.55.0, for example, for the
> current Debian/Ubuntu distributions) automatically downloaded and
> installed into the system header and library locations.
> So if you then want to upgrade just Boost.Python, you could in theory
> download a standalone Boost.Python release and build it with the
> system-installed Boost.Build, against the system-installed dependencies
> such as Boost.SmartPtr.
> On Windows (and, I suppose, OS X), there's no such system-supplied
> Boost, so the above doesn't apply and Windows people don't see a point,
> in a similar manner to how Linux people can't see the point of bpm.

OK - this is making some more sense to me now. If one uses apt-get to
install the total boost package, it installs in the system libraries.
So if one want's to paste his own library or updated library into the
system, you have to muck with stuff you don't want to.

In creating the Boost Library Incubator I wanted to make it easy to
download/clone a library and run it with the current boost
implementation. After some experimentation on my OSX system I came to
recommend the following

build/test with CMake/CTest to a directory outside the boost directory.
  The CMake script uses Find to find the boost installation and set up
the include and other paths. This avoids the whole bin.b2 directory
structure so it's a simpler albeit less powerful than Boost Build. But
one does endup with a library structure which works with boost and is
only missing bjam files for build and test in order to fit in the
official boost structure.

Soo ... it seems that what would be interesting would be the facility to
use boost build outside the boost structure - something we don't have
yet. This would permit building/testing adding a new library or
overriding the downloaded one with a newer version.

Have I got this right?

Robert Ramey

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