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From: Toon Knapen (toon.knapen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-06-24 06:53:20

Vladimir Prus wrote:

> Even gcc developers consider requiring C++. If they consider it, than surely
> every other project can just switch. Also, one of the primary goals of
> Boost.Build is to be build system for C++ Boost -- which is collection of C++
> libraries. Surely user needs a C++ compiler anyway.

I understand your motivation. But for me one of the most important
design goals of bjam is portability. Many libraries claim to be
multi-platform which usually means linux and windows. For me
multi-platform means windows-i86, linux-i86, linux-power, linux-itanium,
irix-mips, aix-power, solaris-sparc, hpux-parisc, hpux-itanium. AFAICT
support for vms is not necessary anymore and tru64-alfa is also end-of-life.

It would be a good idea though to specify the platforms you intend to
support and to verify regularly if this portability is accomplished. I
can help you doing that if you want. For instance, I can recompile your
code-base every night on most of the platforms mentioned above and
publish the results (similar to the boost regression status pages)



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