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Subject: [Boost-build] Jamfiles for unit tests
From: Boris Schaeling (boris_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-15 13:45:07

What are the recommendations to write Jamfiles for unit tests? I wonder as
I tried something like this first:

import boost ;
import testing ;

boost.use-project ;
project : requirements <library>/boost//test ;
unit-test mytest : mytest.cpp ;

The linker (MSVC) complains it can't find the library (eg.
libboost_test-vc90-mt-gd-1_39.lib). There seems to be something wrong with
the target /boost//test (it exists but wrong files are looked up).
Wondering how the unit tests of the Boost libraries work I found the
test-suite rule. I rewrote my Jamfile to:

import boost ;
import testing ;

boost.use-project ;
project : requirements <library>/boost//filesystem ;
test-suite mytest : [ run mytest.cpp ] ;

This works. I have to reference another Boost library (like
/boost//filesystem) but then the Boost.Test libraries are automatically
found and linked (not with toolsets though which don't support

So what's the difference between unit-test and test-suite? Anything
recommended because the other is deprecated? And how do I refer to the
Boost.Test libraries (all the other targets like /boost//filesystem work)?


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