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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] bjam: names vs. boundname
From: Steven Watanabe (watanabesj_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-08-25 20:32:49


On 08/25/2017 01:51 PM, Stefan Seefeld via Boost-build wrote:
> playing more with bjam C code, I wonder whether I could highjack the
> "name" vs. "boundname" distinction in the target definition. For that
> I'd like to first understand how it is used in Boost.Build.

  The most important reason is that multiple names
can refer to the same boundname. This is primarily
used by the include scanner, to allow different
include paths for the same header.

> I'm reading the source code (starting in
> and wonder how it might be used. In my case (faber), I use neither
> SEARCH nor LOCATE, but am considering the possibility to change the
> "boundname" later in the process (after targets have already been
> defined, notably to change the actual filename if a property changes).
> Would that work ?

  It should work as long as you don't try to change
the boundname after the point where it would be
set normally.

> If I refer to a target by name (to request an update, say), I'm using
> the "name", rather than the "boundname", right ?


> And which of the two is
> being passed to actions ?

  The arguments are strings, and will be passed
to the actions as-is except for $(<), $(>), and
variables in the bindlist, which are converted
to the boundname.

> A bit of experimentation I've been doing yields confusing results,
> though I may just have introduced some bugs.

In Christ,
Steven Watanabe

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