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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] clarification of install, prefix and stage when building boost
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-08-25 23:48:20

on Thu Aug 22 2013, Bioxydyn Dev <> wrote:

> Hi Steven,
> Thanks for your reply. I have some follow up questions below.
> On 22 August 2013 16:54, Steven Watanabe <watanabesj_at_[hidden]>
> wrote:
> stage is intended for those working out of the source tree.
> install is intended to create a separate installation,
> that doesn't depend on the source.
> I'm not sure I understand what the difference is.
> What do you mean by 'working out of the source tree'? 
> As a developer, if you use a boost library that is header only how
> would you not be dependent on the source?

Yes. Steven is referring to the source *tree*, i.e. the files of Boost
laid out exactly as they come out of SVN. Usually this comes from an
SVN working copy or a tarball. Install generally creates a copies the
headers, built binaries, docs, etc. into standard system locations so
that you can write code dependent on Boost without actually having a
complete checkout of the Boost source.

Dave Abrahams

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