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Subject: [Boost-build] The rule "constant"
From: Deane Yang (deane_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-03-12 22:40:25

According to the documentation:

Sets project-wide constant. Takes two parameters: variable name and a value
and makes the specified variable name accessible in this Jamfile and any
child Jamfiles.

The second sentence appears to imply that the constant is local to the
Jamfile in which it is defined and its child Jamfiles. However, as far as I
can tell, the constant is in fact global and its value are visible to
parent and sibling Jamfiles. So if I try to define a constant with the same
name in a sibling Jamfile, the value of the constant will be the same in
both Jamfiles (I'm not sure how Boost Build decides which value to use).

Is this really the desired behavior? How do I work around this?

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