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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] How to stop propagating properties to dependents.
From: Phillip Seaver (phil_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-04-02 02:56:44

Alexey Pakhunov wrote:
> > In think the key question is at which level such filtering should be
> done. The
> possible places are
> Right now I have only remote idea what is the different between three
> different places is. I'll need to familiarize myself with the code better.
> > Note that neither of those approaches will affect property propagation.
> I see at least one case when it is needed. Imagine the conversion:
> EXE <- OBJ <- C <- ... <- EXE <- OBJ <- C
> The left most EXE is the final executable that we want to produce. The
> right most - is an intermediate tool that we build in order to
> generate source C files for the first EXE. The ellipsis in the middle
> represent some custom generator (like a quick book one) that links the
> tools and generated sources together.
> Now for the second EXE (the tool) we may want to avoid some properties
> from the first EXE. Ideally it should get only the properties from the
> command line + project properties. Just like if we started bjam to
> build just the second .exe. The generator in the middle should be able
> to do this.
> Though I would agree that this is rather a special case.

A very useful case, though, especially if you're targeting a different
OS or architecture. You'd want it to be native and probably release
instead of debug. :-)

Would this also have an affect on other things, like doxygen output or
generated header files? In my experience, they've always been identical
for debug vs release, e.g. I'm sure someone else has a different
experience, though.


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