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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-02-25 08:07:55

Vladimir Prus <ghost_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Beman Dawes wrote:
>> At 04:35 PM 2/23/2003, Rene Rivera wrote:
>> >Some organizational items... Here's a TODO list for Boost.Jam.
>> > ...

> It looks like this is the same idea I always had. There are very many special
> ways to perform build/run actions during testing. Measuring elasped time or
> consumed memory is obvious. Killing a test after 10 mins is another (from
> regression tests hangup reports I understand Boost.Test can't do that yet?).
> Running tests under valgrind to catch uninitialized variables in yet another.
> So, we need a generic way to specify "launcher" --- the program to really
> execute the build action -- IOW, to "wrap build commands". If we have then,
> we'll have to say that lanucher for build actions is "timer" and have the
> time reported.

You have to be careful with that, because it may result in a level of
quotation being stripped from the command-line args.

> I'd like to push this a little bit further: we can wrap all command in a call
> to program which will not only report time, but also record exit status,
> output, etc. This way, Boost.Build will only run tests, all the reporting
> will be done by a separate utility. This is attractive for me because bjam
> is really not good at generating reports or measuring execution time, or
> anything like that. Adding such abilities to it seems not better than using
> a separate program.

I buy this argument.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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