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Subject: Re: [boost] [ann] C++ Archive Network
From: Hartmut Kaiser (hartmut.kaiser_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-03-15 09:04:04

> I'd like to present my project - C++ Archive Network (or simply
> CPPAN). You can consider it as (yet another) C/C++ package manager. In
> the beginning it was targeting C++ Modules, but it seems it can handle
> many current C/C++ projects. You can read more information about idea
> and motivation from links below (see docs).
> This is an alpha release (0.1.2). I'm announcing it only here to get
> initial feedback (but still boost community is large enough).

This is important work, even if I wished for the community to settle on a
single project.

Side note: you will not gain any friends here by publishing your code under
GPL (which could also be the reason why nobody responded to your email so

Regards Hartmut

> As always the general idea is to create programs faster, to reuse and
> share your or anyone's code. But specifically here: source only
> packages (no tools, no tests in distribution pkg - keep all your stuff
> in your repos), Modules-like paths (org.boost.algorithm), semantic
> versioning (, zero-conf. projects, all-or-nothing
> dependencies (no optional deps.) and some other convenient features.
> At the moment CPPAN works only with CMake. It generates files that you
> include to your project (see docs).
> To be closer to boost and modern C++ community I added some popular
> projects as demo versions:
> - boost 1.60.0 - all projects - some core parts work (filesystem,
> thread, log, asio etc.), did not tried less used libraries.
> - new boost libs: coroutine2 (added but not set up, so does not works),
> dll
> - boost incubator libs: fit, DI - you can try them faster during reviews
> - gsl, range-v3, mach7, sqlpp11 (and connectors) - some modern libs
> - concepts libs: cmcstl2, text_view - so users can try and adopt new
> C++ features faster
> - google's: gtest,gmock,protobuf, recent 'highwayhash' lib
> - sqlite3 (3.11.0)
> - zlib, bzip2
> - libressl
> - image libs: libpng, tiff, gif, webp, some others
> - libpqxx
> Most of them just works. Almost all dependencies are met. In boost.* I
> do not untangle the core dependencies, so base dependency-ball is
> quite big. I believe that library authors can eliminate unneeded deps
> better.
> Links:
> - website
> - client, use issues for feedback
> - docs
> - example project that uses cppan
> - example packages (config files)
> - base
> boost config file (big list of deps, probably can be shorter)
> ---
> ps. I'm not writing about pros. and cons. Both are present.
> Just give CPPAN a try and we'll see how we can improve it.
> --
> Egor Pugin
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