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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] Adding 3rd party dependencies in jam file
From: Christian Henning (chhenning_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-20 17:42:42

Hi Vladimir, thanks for your reply.

>> 2. When linking the user needs to set up paths to all library files
>> needed by unit tests. Also, he needs to state the name of the
>> binaries, e.g. libjpeg.lib. Of course the system needs to deal with
>> static and dynamic libraries.
> How are the static and dynamic libraries named, in your case? I believe
> there's no universal convention for windows.

Static libs in Windows usually end with ".lib", whereas dynamic libs
have ".dll". I bet you know that already. Though, right now there are
three supported image formats that are dependent on 3rd party libs.
Here is a list of all 3rd party libs my unit tests need to have

- libpng also needs zlib
- libjpeg
- libtiff

> maybe we can approach the problem from another end -- do you happen
> to know, for each third-party dependency:
> - The name of a header file that it surely has
> - Name of a static library
> - Name of a shared library

After parsing my source code these are the header files:

png: png.h, needs zlib.h internally
jpeg: jpeglib.h
tiff: tiff.h, tiffio.h, tiffio.hxx

These names are static and probably wont change with the users.

Now, binaries are a bit more problematic and this is why I suggested a
makefile approach since here names will change all time. Here is what
I use on my Windows box:

png: libpng.lib and libpng.dll
jpeg: libjpeg.lib and libjpeg.dll
tiff: libtiff.lib and libtiff.dll

Sometimes when users use prebuilt libraries the file name can have
version numbers in them.

> If you tell me that, and tell me the URL of your library, I can provide a
> 'seed' solution.

Thanks a lot for your offer here is the link:

The test folder is here:


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