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Subject: [boost] CMake and Boost Build tests
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-07-26 18:49:57

Following John Maddock's appeal for practical solutions related to the
move to CMake, I would like to know what the CMake equivalent is to the
Boost Build unit test functionality.

In other words what do I write for CMake in order to do a Boost Build
compile, compile-fail, link, link-fail, run, and run-fail unit tests ?

Does CMake have an equivalent to the Boost Build alias rule ? or the
Boost Build project rule ?

The great majority of the Boost libraries are header-only libraries
where Boost Build is used to run the unit tests and, optionally, Boost
Build is used to build the documentation using a quickbook, boostbook,
doxygen toolset to generate html and pdf files. While I realize that
building a Boost library, and making that built library available to
end-users via CMake, has been the focus of most of the discussion so far
regarding CMake and Boost, I am assuming the move to CMake also means
that running unit tests and building docs where applicable must also be
done through CMake. If I am wrong about this then I personally will be
only too happy to continue using Boost Build to do these things.

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