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Subject: Re: [boost] Proposal for moving Boost to CMake
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-06-17 13:50:09

On 6/17/2017 12:04 AM, David Sankel via Boost wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 8:27 PM, Edward Diener via Boost <
> boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> As has been pointed out by many people Boost Build does a number of things
>> for building, testing, and creating documentation for a library which CMake
>> does not do, whereas I have never seen any evidence of a single thing which
>> CMake does which Boost Build cannot do. So in effect you are asking
>> developers to give up a superior build product for one that is vastly more
>> popular.
> That is a correct assessment.
>> I have even asked about a CMake deficiency on the CMake mailing list, only
>> to receive no answer at all. That is why I have the impression that CMake
>> deficiencies are just ignored.
> Uhm, this happens with any Open Source project with a big enough user base.
> Can you link to your post?
> I do not want to debate. I am still waiting for anyone to show me CMake
>> building all Boost libraries, including builds, tests, and documentation,
>> with the same results that Boost Build currently does. Anyone ? Otherwise
>> this endless suggestion of moving to CMake, because it is so popular with
>> the general programming world, seems an absolute dead end to me.
>> BTW I am no great lover of bjam syntax or the undocumented internal
>> complexities of the Boost Build system. But unless I can be shown a CMake
>> system that can practically do what Boost Build does for maintaining
>> libraries I believe your suggestion is a non-starter.
> This sounds a lot like "do the work first and then I'll tell you whether or
> not your time was wasted". This is a significant time and probably monetary
> investment, something worthy of discussion *before* the work is done.

You seem to expect Boost to decide to move from Boost Build to CMake
without even a proof of concept that shows that CMake can build,test,
and/or create docs as Boost Build is currently able to do for all Boost
libraries. I would never expect Boost to do that.

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