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Subject: Re: [boost] Proposal for moving Boost to CMake
From: David Sankel (camior_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-06-17 03:57:24

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 7:48 PM, Vinnie Falco via Boost <
boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 4:44 PM, David Sankel via Boost
> <boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> > This is a request for comments on a possible path for
> > migrating Boost's build system to CMake.
> It seems there are two concerns here:
> 1. Providing an up-to-date "FindBoost" module with each Boost release
> so that *users* who build their projects with CMake can easily find
> the Boost dependencies, and

There are a significant number of users who do not use the binary
distribution model for their codebases. Instead, they have the source code
for all their projects (including third-party dependencies like Boost) in
one repository and build everything all at once. These users cannot use
CMake's FindBoost module since it doesn't have the capability to add the
boost source code to the build. They currently have the choice to write and
maintain their own CMake files to build boost, wrap the bjam build with
CMake code, or just don't bother using Boost since it is too big a hassle.
I've seen all three of these.

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