Appu Appu - 14 days ago 8
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:


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:


An example would be:

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

For more infos, visit the Boost documentation pages.

Edit: Updated link to point to most recent Boost documentation

Edit: Corrected options --with-{library} and –-show-libraries