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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] Library generation GCC on Windows vs Linux
From: Vladimir Prus (ghost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-11-20 07:59:28

On Friday 20 November 2009 15:37:47 Christian Auby wrote:

> First I compile a simple lib, like this:
> lib hello : hello.cpp ;
> This creates "libhello.lib" on Mingw and "libhello.a" on Linux. However,
> if I compile an exe-file that requires the resulting lib (not depending
> on the actual target, I can't do this because the lib is compiled
> somewhere else):
> lib hello ;
> exe app : hello ;
> This works on Linux since -lhello automatically looks for "libhello.a".
> However, on Windows this looks for "hello.lib" which doesn't exist.
> Seems to me the library generation on MinGW shouldn't add "lib" in front
> of the resulting library name, or have I missed something?

This seems like a bug -- I suspect the right solution is to use libhello.a
on mingw, but I'll need to check how the libraries are named in the
standard distribution.

- Volodya

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