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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] UNC path for library search path
From: Jurko Gospodnetić (jurko.gospodnetic_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-08-29 18:39:39


> It appears at first look that builtin_normalize_path() does not expect a
> UNC path (a windows path in the form \\server\share\path).
> Does anyone has any thoughts as to whether I'm on the right track?

   Yeah, I think Boost Jam generally does not know how to handle UNC

   I'm just now in the process of reviewing some of its path
manipulation code to remove some cases where different path strings
refering to the same file are not recognized as such and I've seen some
related code that can use cleaning up. UNC paths will definitely mess up
some of Boost Jam's 'is apsolute path' checks.

   However, I am not adding UNC path support at the moment and am first
concentrating on recognizing all Windows/NTFS relative & absolute path
variants correctly (to remove some recently added quick-fix Boost Build
code). UNC paths will require more thought as with them I really can see
no way to check whether two such paths actually refer to the same file.
This is needed, for example, when loading the same Jam module twice
using two different UNC paths... my guess is that in such cases we'll
simply load the module twice with two separate module names but I have
not gotten to that yet.

   Hope this helps.

   Best regards,
     Jurko Gospodnetić

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