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Subject: Re: [boost] Switch to CMake -- Analysis
From: Vinnie Falco (vinnie.falco_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-07-21 16:03:16

On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 8:57 AM, Stefan Seefeld via Boost
<boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Does this process appeal to anyone ?

It sounds reasonable in theory, but I think the first thing that
should be addressed is the use-case where Users of Boost who have
pre-built binaries are able to easily consume Boost in their projects
with support from within Boost itself and not the FindBoost.cmake that
comes with CMake which is perpetually behind the latest Boost version.
I'm talking about this:

CMake Warning at cmake/share/cmake-3.8/Modules/FindBoost.cmake:762 (message):
Imported targets not available for Boost version
Call Stack (most recent call first):
cmake/share/cmake-3.8/Modules/FindBoost.cmake:1457 (_Boost_MISSING_DEPENDENCIES)
CMakeLists.txt:67 (find_package)

Fixing this seems entirely non-controversial. It doesn't displace
Boost.Build, it adds something that users clearly want (for example, I
want this myself), it enhances the value of Boost and it does so in a
non-intrusive way.

And some work has already been done on this...if the Steering
Committee is going make proclamations why don't they start with this
instead of turning members of the Boost developer community against
each other?


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