Fost 4 release now out

Created 21st September, 2014 07:22 (UTC), last edited 21st September, 2014 08:07 (UTC)

There are a couple of new libraries that we've tried to get included previously, but are now actually fully integrated into the meta-build system that we use to test and publish the libraries — this means we won't accidentally miss them out again.

This release has not been tested on Mac — my ancient iMac has finally died, and I have no other way to properly test this platform. For now I'm leaving the Mac instructions in here, but if I don't get a new Mac or a volunteer to run the test builds then I'm going to have to drop the Mac support.

We've also got some initial experimental Docker images available to make building and deploying Fost based systems easier. Later on we hope to be able to augment these with full development environments which should make using the libraries significantly simpler.

Linux & Mac

git clone --branch= --recursive
cd fost-hello

On the Mac you will need to set DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH before running hello-world-d

export DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=dist/lib
git clone --branch= --recursive
cd fost-hello

Download locations


  • beanbag — Stand alone transactional JSON database server —
  • fost-hello — Sample seed project —
  • mengmon — Stand alone web server —


  • fost-aws — Amazon AWS and OpenStack —
  • fost-beanbag — Transactional JSON database —
  • fost-base — Build system and core libraries —
  • fost-internet — Internet protocols, servers & clients —
  • fost-meta — All libraries in one wrapper —
  • fost-orm — Object/Relational mapping —
  • fost-postgres — PostgreSQL —
  • fost-py — Python (2.x) bindings —
  • fost-web — Web server libraries —
  • fost-windows — Windows support —

Detailed change log


  • The meta data set on the progress for a task is now made available to the meter readings.
  • There is a new fostlib::cli::monitor function that can be used to display a progress bar monitoring work towards a future.
  • Futures now return const&s instead of copies of the value when they're dereferenced.
  • Allow fostlib::future<> instances to be compared for equality.
  • The fostlib::accessors now use perfect forwarding if FOST_HAS_MOVE is defined.
  • Need to not pretty print the JSON values when showing the full settings database as we're outputting something approximating a CSV file.


  • Change the test database configuration to assume ident/trust based authentication.