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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] Is Boost-CMake Dead or Alive?
From: Eric Niebler (eric_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-08-26 13:41:46

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On 8/26/2010 12:12 PM, Michael Jackson wrote:
> So the boost-svn tracking is now hosted at Github. Ok. If you read farther
> down the page then it looks like Boost-CMake really _is_ going to be
> resurrected in the future? Is there any current activity with respect to
> Boost and git and cmake?
> I am so confused. I was going to take over for Troy S. in getting
> Boost-CMake ready after each release but if there is "Official" work doing
> this then I am not going to waste me time.
> Clarifications would be wonderful at this point.

Let me see if I can clarify. Ryppl is a project started by Dave Abrahams
and Troy to simplify and streamline software development, deployment,
testing and reporting. It supports Git and CMake natively. Dave A and I
are actively working on it. I have also been maintaining a CMake-able
and modularized version of Boost (work started by Troy). The guys from
Kitware (of CMake fame) want to see this happen too and have been
supporting us, making fixes to the CMake files as needed. The vision is
that each boost library lives in its own Git repo and states what other
libraries it depends on. "boost" then is just another library that
depends on a bunch of other libraries. Building and installing Boost is
then a matter of making local clones of all the git repos and using
cmake to build and install. But ryppl's scope extends beyond boost.
There is a project index much like pypi where people can upload and
download "packages" (really just links to git repos). Much of this is
already working, but we still have a long way to go.

What does this all mean for the Boost-CMake fork? Not much in the short
term. Ryppl is a long-term project. Even if we achieve our vision, it's
not clear that Boost as an organization will adopt it. So don't stop
your Boost-CMake work. It works today and meets a real need.

Feel free to join the ryppl mailing list or drop by on irc. All that
information can be found on


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