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Subject: [Boost-build] Target mistakenly parsed as variant
From: Anthony Foglia (AFoglia_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-10 16:30:55

I was playing around with creating a installation rule for the
executables we need for production, and came across an interesting bug.

First, some backstory, we've created a production variant, to ensure we
compile everything with static linking, as we desire.

Now, I wrote a pair of rules:

alias production-executable-list
     : <executables defined in jamfiles in sub directories>

install production-executables
     : production-executable-list
     : <variant>release:<location>Release

Then when I called

$ bjam release production-executables
/usr/share/boost-build/build/feature.jam:432: in validate-value-string
from module feature
error: "production-executables" is not a known value of feature <variant>
error: legal values: "debug" "release" "profile" "debug-python" "production"

If I rename the install target to "executables-for-production", then the
corresponding bjam command works.

I'm using Boost.Build V2 (Milestone 12), Boost.Jam version 03.1.16.

Is bjam getting tripped by the fact that the target name starts with the
same thing as the variant? Is this in planned behavior? Is this in the
docs anywhere? Or is this a bug fixed in a later version?

Anthony Foglia
Princeton Consultants
(609) 987-8787 x233

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