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From: Vladimir Prus (ghost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-12-10 11:29:46

On Friday 10 December 2004 19:14, David Abrahams wrote:
> Vladimir Prus wrote:
> > Another remark about --build-dir. We cannot use declare id of the
> > project, because it can lead to clashes when you have two copies of
> > the same project. Imagine:
> >
> > cd my_project bjam --build_dir=foo --with_boost=1.32 bjam
> > --build_dir=foo --with_boost=cvs
> >
> > If build location for boost does not encode project location, we'll
> > be building both boosts to the same place....
> I thought of that. Here are several solutions that can be used together:
> 1. keep a record of the directory of each project that was used to build
> into a given target directory. Issue a prominent warning or error if
> that directory changes, with instructions about deleting the marker file.

Ouch. The implementation might get contrived.

> 2. Institute my target reference scheme that allows project renaming
> (**), and use the ID assigned from the place where the build was
> initiated to determine the target directory.

Well, we've agreed to use this scheme anyway.

> 3. Encourage versioned project IDs, so boost would expose itself as
> boost-1.32.0//, and *that* would be used as a target directory name.

But that won't prevent innocent user from shooting itself.

> 4. Allow primary and secondary project IDs, so people who want to can
> refer just to the secondary project ID (boost//)

Hmm.. I'd rather not compicate projects ID further.

> 5. As a last resort, a command-line option that allows users to direct
> the build directory of any project. I'm not at all certain this is
> needed if you have #2.

Neither do I. I think that either #2 or my global dir proposal can solve this.

> (**) Yes I know I need to document it. It's a bit hard to understand
> where any piece of documentation fits in because I don't really
> understand the BBv2 documentation structure. If you can make a
> suggestion I'll get right to it.

I think it would fit either in

(where target-id syntax is defined)


(where use-project rule is mentioned).

In either way, content is much more important (at least for me), then the
exact place in docs.

- Volodya


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