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Subject: Re: [boost] Let's stop distributing binaries
From: degski (degski_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-08-31 05:33:08

On Thu, 30 Aug 2018 at 19:35, Richard via Boost <boost_at_[hidden]>

> While vcpkg is a reasonable MS-specific system for VS-only users.

This undoubtedly was the initial goal.

The only reason it exists is because the community hasn't created a
> packaging system that works well across all platforms.

This is no longer (in practice the case). Commits pertaining to fixing
issues on nix or osx are being pushed on a daily basis. The readme has not
changed, because not all libraries work on nix, as a proportion of them
uses vcproj-files (consumed by ms-build), so the only thing one **can**
claim is that it works on windows with vc. A large proportion are CMake
(only) based and work therefore perfectly fine on nix and are being used
(also going full circle using vcpkg under WSL).

> Conan looks to
> be a step in the right direction, although I personally would not have
> chosen any connection to Python. However, as I noted earlier on this
> thread, Conan is also in a teething stage and seems to have gone down
> the typical "Everything is unix!" trap/rabbit hole.

>From a recent thread on reddit pertaining to this subject, it looked more
(to me) like the "let's make a tool that does everything and anything (and
makes coffee)"-problem, b2 has the same problem.


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