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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-04-27 21:27:24

on Fri Apr 27 2007, "Wellman, Michael S SrA DMSG/WMTS" <> wrote:

> For the past week or so, I’ve been trying to figure out how to
> install boost. I’ve never installed a library before, so I have
> absolutely no idea what I’m doing. Trying to build bjam kept giving
> me an “incorrect syntax” error, so I downloaded the prebuilt
> executable. The prebuilt executable keeps terminating irregularly,
> probably because I don’t know what syntax I’m supposed to use.
> Part of the problem is, because I have no clue what I’m doing, I
> don’t even know what I need to do, or what is supposed to happen. I
> assumed that, upon installation, I would be able to simply type
> #include <date_time> and using namespace boost, or something similar
> (I don’t even know that much) to include the libraries I need. But
> since I don’t even know what a PATH is, or how to change it, or what
> it should look like if it’s already been changed or… well, anything…
> lets just say that the Getting Started instructions aren’t detailed
> enough for me to make heads or tails of what’s supposed to be going
> on.

Could you try the 1.34 beta version ( with the
corresponding getting started instructions

You can't use the installer from Boost Consulting mentioned there
because it isn't ready yet, but the other method should work just

> Basically, I have Visual Studio .Net 2003, and I’m running on a Network that’s very strictly
> controlled. If there’s anything that I need to change in the Visual Studio directory (or
> subdirectories),

There isn't.

> I’ll need to know that so I can get Admin rights to change it. I
> know hold-my-hand walkthroughs aren’t exactly common, but that’s
> completely what I need at this point, because it’s obvious that my
> understanding of the process is not up to the level that the
> instructions were written. Any help that I can get would be greatly
> appreciated.

Your feedback on whether the new getting started instructions are
enough of a hand-holding will be very valuable to us.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting
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