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From: Vladimir Prus (ghost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-11-09 03:28:06

On Saturday 06 November 2004 22:31, jeffbenshetler wrote:
> Libraries (lib) do not appear to be inherited from parent Jamfiles.
> Two questions:
> 1) How do I declare libraries in a parent Jamfile and make them
> visible in subprojects?

It's not possible at the moment. There's another solution. If your top-level
Jamfile declares a project name, you can use it to refer to targets:

top-level Jamfile:

project um ;

lib foobar : ..... ;

another Jamfile:

exe foo : foo.cpp /um//foobar ;

> 2) What's the best way to refer to the boost libraries, when only the
> results of "install" are visible? Is this reasonable?
> Details

> # in um/src/Jambase
> project libum :
> requirements thread_lib # argument error
> <lib>thread_lib # argument error

You can use

project libum : requirements <library>/um//thread_lib ;

> The library declarations work if they are in each Jambase (changing
> the relative paths, of course). But the library declarations are not
> visible to subprojects. My understanding is that subprojects read and
> process superprojects (Jambase) up to the directory containing
> project-root.jam.

Yes, the parent Jamfiles are read before reading each Jamfile. But it's not
like textual inclusion, so declarations in parent Jamfiles are not visible.

> <Aside>
> I know this is not the best way to bring in libraries, but haven't
> been able to figure out a better way.

In fact, when using already-built boost, this is the only way. Boost.Build
cannot read a directory and create a set of library declarations
automatically. At least yet.

It might be more convenient to let Boost.Build build boost too. Say, after

using /boost/threads : ......../boost/libs/threads/build ;

you'll be able to do:

exe t : t.cpp /boost/threads//boost_threads ;

> We have put in more than a week
> of manual and example reading. For one thing, our development tree is
> NOT underneath the Boost tree. I've tried
> SEARCH threads.jam = $(BOOST_PATH) ;

I'm not sure what are you trying to do.

> and also
> project um : requirements <search>@boost/lib

I think <search> has no effect except for library declaration.

- Volodya


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