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Subject: Re: [boost] Cmake
From: Chris Glover (c.d.glover_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-06-24 17:07:24

> You want to test your code in the same environment that has generated the
> bug report. Since so much of Boost is header-only and inlined into your
> code, the two are irredeemably intertwined.
> It's not that using the system-installed or user-installed Boost wouldn't
> work, it would, that's just a different workflow and a different scenario.
> It's a difference in philosophy and the two schools of thought don't seem
> to
> understand each other.
> Plus, it's just plain easier to tell people "`git clone --recursive
> my-wonderful-repo` and run CMake."

For what it's worth, no company I have ever worked for has relied on system
installed packages. Everything is either distributed in-tree or fetched
from a package manager, by version, and usually as source. This is true
even for the compilers. The intent is to keep the local build environment
as similar as possible to the continuous build environment.

Of course, that is not the only way to work, and it's not super convenient
if one is working on smaller projects at home, so it's absolutely necessary
to support the spectrum.

-- chris


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