Subject: Re: Splitting boost
To: Julio M. Merino Vidal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Berndt Josef Wulf <email@example.com>
Date: 02/19/2005 21:04:21
On Fri, 18 Feb 2005 08:43 pm, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:
> Hi all,
> 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).
I'm not very founded to split up boost more than it already is. The standard
package contains 28 library files of 150k average size totalling appr. 4.5Mb.
I can't see how fragmenting this package even further will be of any benefit.
I've just completed several packages for GnuRadio and contemplated to submit
these as soon as wxGTK and py-wxWindows get updated to their corresponding
current versions. The GnuRadio packages require booth of boost and
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