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Boost 1.61 on Fedora24

asked 2016-10-18 20:15:57 -0500

Is there any chance that Fedora 24 will see an update to Boost 1.61? That release fixes some critical issues with the use of futures with boost::asio.

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Thanks! I will do so.

Uncle Vlad gravatar imageUncle Vlad ( 2016-10-19 06:59:23 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-10-18 23:15:14 -0500

aeperezt gravatar image

You have more opportunity if you request it or file a bug on boost here that way package maintainer may act on it.

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answered 2016-10-20 16:13:37 -0500

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updated 2016-10-20 16:14:57 -0500

There is absolutely no chance of updating Boost for a stable Fedora release. None.

There is no binary compatibility guaranteed between Boost releases (and sometimes they aren't even source compatible) so updating from 1.60 to 1.61 would require rebuilding hundreds of packages in Fedora all at once, and getting everybody to update everything at once on a "flag day". It would be difficult, disruptive, and pointless

I'm going to update Boost in Rawhide soon though.

If there are critical bugs in Boost 1.60 that are fixed upstream then it might be possible to backport the fixes to the 1.60 release in Fedora. Please use Bugzilla for such things, providing code to reproduce the problem and links to upstream bugs and/or patches if possible. Thanks.

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answered 2016-10-19 03:26:45 -0500

jake gravatar image

You can simply download the current Boost libs. Most Boost libs are header-only, so there is no need to build anything, just link em in your development environment.

Further readings: Boost - Getting Started on Unix Variants

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Sadly, boost::asio is not header only, and we have a requirement to use the version "officially supported by the release" on Linux platforms. Windows is easy, as we use the most current release, which is why we are having this problem.

Uncle Vlad gravatar imageUncle Vlad ( 2016-10-19 06:58:18 -0500 )edit

Oh, i'm afraid this "officially supported by the release" constrain forces you to wait until the package maintainer makes his move.

jake gravatar imagejake ( 2016-10-19 08:31:46 -0500 )edit

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