Subject: Re: [boost] Boost is supposed to serve *the entire C++ community; it isn't Boost's goal to serve Boost's community*
From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-05-21 15:33:35
On 5/21/16 12:06 PM, M.A. van den Berg wrote:
> If we want to break boost into smaller subsets then I would focus on modelling dependencies and versions and have an installer. This has been tried before -there are scripts that analyse boost inter-dependencies, there has been efforts to reduce these dependencies-. Dependencies could be made conditional (conditioned on assumed compiler capabilities), but Iâve never seen that (apt-get, npm, brew). Itâll probably easier to maintain various versions of libraries: one that requires C++14, another one that works with C++98 but with more boost dependencies that help fill the 98-14 gap.
Just to be clear, I wasn't suggesting breaking boost into smaller
subsets. I was suggesting that anyone who wants to create a smaller
subset can freely create his own. Of course the result is the same. But
the latter doesn't require any concessions or changes from Boost.
> Personally I think allowing
> Boost is a band with a reputation, it imposes requirement on libraries that help build that reputation.
A monolithic release is not an essential aspect for that
I think that library deployment is question more or less orthogonal to
other questions boost addresses. I think you're agreeing with me here.
Actually, I'd prefer to see us just take a release on the master branch
and let anyone who want's to "package" the release or any subset
thereof. I'd like to see us get out of the distribution business entirely.
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