alexanderchuranov at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 14:13:57 PST 2009
I am Alexander Churanov, currently maintaining devel/boost (for
several weeks :-).
Yes, leaving 1.34 would be awful and nobody is going to do that!
For current status, current efforts and decisions see
My comments on the suggested solution:
The goal is to have most recent boost by default in devel/boost. Of
course, it is possible to provide 1.38 in some separate location.
However, this would make ports look like we stuck to 1.34 forever and
provide recent boost libraries for hackers.
The better approach is to provide 1.34 in a separate location and
modify all ports that depend on old boost to use that location. The
hard part of it is "modify all ports". It's not obvious for me what's
easier: to modify all ports (source code) to work with 1.38 or to
modify all ports (build files) to look for 1.34 in some special place.
Having multiple versions of the same ports installed at the same time
is nice idea, it needs more time to think and experiment with. For
instance, I'd like to examine how Gentoo does that and learn their's
procs and cons. I'd be glad to see FreeBSD capable of doing that for
any arbitrary port.
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