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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-16 10:10:36

Vladimir Prus <ghost_at_[hidden]> writes:

> On Thursday 16 June 2005 17:30, David Abrahams wrote:
>> > "install" moves specified targets to a specified location, and does not
>> > care about --prefix options, and about anything user specifies on the
>> > command line.
>> >
>> > The "boost-install" rule will allow user to invoke "bjam install" and
>> > "bjam stage" with exactly the same arguments that are allowed at
>> > top-level, like --prefix, or --layout. With "bjam install" both library
>> > and headers will be installed.
>> I think other projects will want that capability too. My question is
>> now:
>> Do we want two separate rules? Should install always respond to
>> --prefix= ? Or should it take arguments that tell it to respond to
>> --prefix?
> I think we need separate rules, because "install" is for moving several
> targets to a directory, while those --prefix is much complex beast.

But doesn't everybody want the basic functionality of being able to
specify a prefix?

>> If we do want two separate rules, we should give the one that responds
>> to --prefix a more general name, like prefix-install (I dislike that
>> particular name, though ;->) and make it available everywhere.
> I thought about "package.install", to emphasise that we're installing not just
> a bunch of files but a complete packages. And it can generate the pkg-config
> files that were discusses on Boost ml, and what else is required for specific
> operating system. Maybe "bundle" on OSX.

That sounds promising.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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