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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] [doc] b2 headers
From: Steven Watanabe (watanabesj_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-04-09 17:27:51


On 04/09/2018 07:35 AM, Mateusz Loskot via Boost-build wrote:
> Hi,
> TL;TR: A rant
> I've been looking for documentation about purpose of command
> b2 headers
> Greping for headers or modular inside /tools/build/doc and
> /doc gives me nothing, so I blindly assume the unsearchable
> does not explain it either.
> The magic of"b2+headers"
> brought this page to my attention:
> where, to my surprise, I find one of best intro to the concept
> of modular Boost including very helpful explanation of the virtual
> /boost directory and role of b2 headers command.
> Why this kind of information is presented in docs for somewhat
> exotic to Boost (end)users command, I have no idea.

  `b2 headers` is not really intended for end users.
It's only relevant when working from git as the
packaged releases have all the headers moved into
boost/ to begin with. As a result, the obvious
places to put this documentation (the getting started
guide and `b2 --help` from $BOOST_ROOT) are not really

  b2 headers is discussed briefly here:
which is about as good a location as anywhere.

  Also, most of the time, you don't need to care
about `b2 headers`. Running b2 in $BOOST_ROOT
will build the headers in addition to putting
the libraries in stage/lib. For internal use
such as Boost tests and examples, the necessary
headers will be created automatically.

> But, as long-time Boost.Build users, I dare to judge this is an
> excellent example of why peole hate this awesome build system :)

In Christ,
Steven Watanabe

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