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Subject: Re: [boost] To modularize, or not to modularize. What is the plan?
From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-05-10 13:12:02

Rene Rivera wrote:

> Must be that we talk to different users. The interactions I get are more
> commonly "I want to use Boost Beast", "Does Boost have X?" (implication
> being that's all they want), and of course the eternal "I can't use Boost,
> it's too big.".

These are nothing compared to the interactions we'll be getting if we force
people to declare their header-only dependencies. This will break literally
thousands of packages downstream. For better or worse, today, after `apt
install libboost-dev` and/or `find_package(Boost)`, you can #include any
header-only Boost library and use it, without going into specifics.

PS the other day I got the equivalent of "can't use mp11, it's too big."
Something tells me that a "modular" Boost will still remain "too big".

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