Appu - 5 months ago 47
C++ Question

Building Boost BCP

I was trying to build Boost C++ Libraries for last two hours and stopped without any result. Since I am new to C++, I am unable to get the build right. How can I build it correctly using Visual Studio 2008?

I need to use the BCP tool to extract a subset of library. So I need to build BCP first, right? How to do this? When I tried to build it, I got the following error

fatal error LNK1104: cannot open file 'libboost_filesystem-vc90-mt-gd-1_37.lib'.

Where can I get the above given library file?

First, you need to have the proper PATH, INCLUDE and LIB environment variables in your command shell. For this, call the file "`vcvarsall.bat`" (or similar) with parameter:

``````vcvarsall.bat x86
``````

Next you have to build bjam (you can also download it from the Boost page, but it's almost as quick). Go to the `tools\jam\src` folder in Boost and type:

``````build.bat
``````

It should produce a subfolder `bin.ntx86` that contains bjam.exe. For convenience, copy it to the Boost main folder. Next, you can build bcp. Go into the `tools\bcp` folder and type:

``````..\..\bjam.exe --toolset=msvc
``````

Back in the Boost main folder you can then build any library you wish:

``````bjam toolset=msvc –-with-{library}
``````

where `{library}` is one of the libraries to build. All buildable libraries can be shown with:

``````bjam –-show-libraries
``````

There are many more bjam build parameters. Some parameters with keywords you can specify are:

``````variant=debug|release
``````bjam toolset=msvc –-with-filesystem threading=multi variant=debug stage