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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] Inserting an extra stage into the BoostBook toolchain?
From: Alexander Sack (pisymbol_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-15 11:42:12

On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 7:35 AM, John Maddock <john_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> OK, I have a very primitive automatic indexer, that accepts Docbook XML as
> input along with a concordance/script file and outputs another Docbook XML
> file with index entries inserted. It would speed up development a great
> deal if I could insert this tool into the regular quickbook/boostbook build
> process, anyone have any pointers on how to achieve this? And yes, I've
> looked at the extender manual, but can't see at present how to modify an
> existing tool chain...

John, I'm not familiar with Docbook but from your description above I
see that you have some tool that takes XML and script input and pops
out another XML file. Is there any reason why you don't use a notfile
or make rule to do the dirty work? Generators are typically used to
to allow Boost.Build to manage generated source codes files which
isn't really the case here. You can write a custom generator that
handles non-source related files (there are several examples in
$BOOST_BUILD_PATH/tools/*.jam) but this is way more involved.

Again, have you seen this part of the doc?

You could write a custom rule that would just to the dirty work for you...


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