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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] Boost-build Digest, Vol 84, Issue 38
From: Jim Gallagher (jim_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-08-30 12:07:41

Sorry, another question: I am planning to use a call to regexec() near the
beginning of builtin_normalize_path() to detect a UNC path and trigger
different behavior in the rest of the function. Do you think this would
significantly affect performance? I think this may be a good regex:


On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM, Jim Gallagher <jim_at_[hidden]>wrote:

> Jurko,
> OK, thanks for the info. I will have to "roll my own" patch, as our build
> automation is changing and drive letters will not be an option for shares.
> Do you have any thoughts as to areas that will require changes? Our
> specific use for UNC paths will be for third party libraries.
> Thanks,
> Jim Gallagher
> Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:39:39 +0200
>> From: Jurko Gospodneti? <jurko.gospodnetic_at_[hidden]>
>> To: boost-build_at_[hidden]
>> Subject: Re: [Boost-build] UNC path for library search path
>> Message-ID: <k1m5nb$1ma$1_at_[hidden]>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8; format=flowed
>> Hi.
>> > 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
>> paths...
>> 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 Gospodneti?

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