Subject: Splitting boost
To: None <tech-pkg@NetBSD.org>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <email@example.com>
Date: 02/18/2005 11:13:46
at the moment, we have three packages for boost: boost itself, which
includes a lot of libraries and is very big, boost-thread which provides
the threading library, and boost-python which provides the python
I would like to refactor these packages in the following ways:
1) Make devel/boost be a meta package that pulls in all boost-*
packages. This should then be moved to meta-pkgs. This directory
could also include the shared makefiles.
2) Create a boost-tools package that includes bjam (basically to avoid
rebuilding it over and over again). This could be a build dependency
for all other boost-* packages.
3) Create boost-<library> packages for each independent library. We'd
do this "on demand". I.e., AFAICS, the only package in pkgsrc that
uses boost is monotone, and it requires 4 libraries. I'd start by
creating these four packages, and adding more when requested. Just
like we do with gst-plugins*.
The thing is that I don't like the huge boost package we actually have.
It includes too many things and becomes a very big dependency for small
programs (not to mention the time required to build it).
I.e., I'm now considering to use boost in a personal project, but I only
need one or two of its libraries; pulling in all the other stuff is just
Before I start to work on this, I'd like to know if there are any
suggestions or objections to this.
And, BTW, why does boost use dynamic PLISTs? I haven't inspected this
yet, but I will try to change it to static ones if possible (of course,
using some PLIST_SUBSTs for the BOOST_TOOLSET part et all).
Julio M. Merino Vidal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The NetBSD Project - http://www.NetBSD.org/