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From: Christopher Currie (codemonkey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-07-09 10:58:00

David Abrahams wrote:

> OK, so I read on a bit and find that we're using constructs like:
> /other_project//lib1/<link>static
> Now, this just seems like egregious overloading of the "/"
> character. Here we have a target reference and a property.
> Presumably the reason we need "//" is because an implicit feature
> might be used:
> /other_project//lib1/gcc
> and we need to distinguish this from the target called "gcc" in the
> other_project/lib1 project. But how is this _not_ going to be
> confusing for people? It's confusing for me!

The other reason we need the double slash is when the target name
contains a slash. Say I have a tool that generates header files, and I
want to have those headers placed in an arbitrary directory structure;
the easy way is to do something like:

myrule includes/genheader.hpp : gensource.x ;

Now I'd need the double slash so that when I refer to:


BB knows to look for a project called "/project/path" and not

Christopher Currie <codemonkey_at_[hidden]>

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