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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] Identifying target-name in jamfile
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-05-29 21:36:27

On 5/29/2016 4:59 PM, Steven Watanabe wrote:
> On 05/29/2016 02:37 PM, Edward Diener wrote:
>> On 5/29/2016 3:18 PM, Steven Watanabe wrote:
>>> The rules like exe, run, obj, etc, register
>>> the targets. Each project essentially stores
>>> a map of target names to main-target's.
>> What does "registering a target" entail ? I have a non-local rule in a
>> jamfile that evidently Boost Build recognizes as creating a target, but
>> I don't know how Boost Build recognizes it as a target. Whatever
>> "registering a target" means I am not doing this for the rule.
> From the point of view of Boost.Build internals,
> a project is effectively a container for targets.
> When you call the rules for creating targets,

Which are what ? All non-local rules in a jamfile are considered targets
by Boost Build ?

> a) Call [ project.current ] to find the project
> that is currently being loaded.
> b) Create an object that represents the target,
> e.g. [ new typed-target ... ]
> c) Insert the object (b) in the project (a),
> via targets.main-target-alternative.
> If your rule calls any of the builtin rules,
> then they'll handle the registration for you.

My rule does call builtin rules so I can understand that it is
automatically registered.

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