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From: Phil Endecott (spam_from_boost_dev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-03-24 16:50:50

Beman Dawes wrote:
> Phil Endecott wrote:
>> - It's nice that the build process uses "./configure; make; make
>> install" but it would be even nicer if there was a file called INSTALL
>> that explained, in a couple of lines, that that was the way to build
>> it. This would make it even more like other open-source packages.
> Would you like to volunteer to draft INSTALL? It should have two
> sections, one for POSIX-like systems, and one for Windows, and should
> also include a pointer to the full install docs. (Added to issues list,
> but not considered a showstopper.)

There are some good instructions at,
section 5.1 "Easy Build and Install". That's for 1.34.1, and I've just
been on a wild goose chase looking for the 1.35 equivalent. I can't
find it at, but I recall reading something here about
the "more" content and, so I won't revisit that. In the
download, it seems to be in more/getting_started. That took me a
_long_ time to find: I was doing all sorts of greps in the doc
directory. Can't more be a subdir of doc? Or can't getting_started
just live in doc? Having a bulging doc directory and then stashing the
first documentation that you're going to need somewhere else just seems
calculated to confuse.

Anyway, here's what I propose putting in INSTALL in the root of the
distribution. I don't know enough about Boost on Windows to write
anything about that; feel free to edit.

Installation Instructions

Installation instructions can be found online at
The same instructions can be found in the more/getting_started
directory, once the documentation has been built.

For the very impatient: on unix variants you can "./configure; make;
make install". See the output of "./configure --help" for various
settings that you may want to change.


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