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Subject: Re: [boost] Installing CMake configuration files
From: Louis Dionne (ldionne.cpp_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-10-16 19:48:38

On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 8:20 PM Peter Dimov via Boost <boost_at_[hidden]>

> Louis Dionne wrote:
> > Would it be possible to have one Boost::XYZ library for each header-only
> > library XYZ?
> It's possible in principle; my first iteration did have targets for all
> libraries. I'd however prefer to get a release out using this scheme
> first,
> to see how it fares in the field.

Ok, I agree with that approach.

> There are several possible approaches we could adopt if we want targets
> for
> all libraries, and the one I like is to go full modular and add
> build/Jamfiles to header-only libraries, with stage and install targets
> that
> link/copy the headers. So that you could `b2 --prefix=~/.local
> install-hana`
> from top level and get, in ~/.local/include, Hana's headers and the
> headers
> of its dependencies, and in ~/.local/lib/cmake, the config files of same.

That would be great.

> [...]

> 2. It allows providing compile options or required compile features via
> > the imported target. For example, I may want someone "linking" against
> > Boost::hana to get `-Wno-user-defined-literal` automatically (I don't,
> but
> > you get the idea).
> How are you going to communicate your target_compile_definitions (or
> whatever) to the code generating the config file? Perhaps you'll have a
> ready-made config file that would be installed instead of the generated
> one?

I see two main options:
1. What you suggest, i.e. a ready-made config file that can be installed
through Bjam.
2. Somehow have Bjam call into CMake to install that.

I'm fine with (1), at least initially. With your current solution, is there
a way to substitute the Config files being automatically generated for
Config files of my choice?


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