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Subject: [Boost-build] Errors when compiling Boost on Windows with MinGW
From: Paul (paulsteyn1_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-02-26 12:02:44

Hi All,

Sorry if this has been answered, but I didn't find a search facility
for this mailing list. I tried the archives here
(, but I don't see a search.

I am trying to compile Boost on a windows machine. I have MinGW, with
gcc version 4.5.2. I followed the instructions here
building from source, using Boost version 1.49.0. Step 5.3.1 Install
Boost.Build went fine, although I did need to append "mingw" to the
bootstrap.bat command, and "--toolset=gcc" to the "b2 install" command.
I invoked b2 (again, with "toolset=gcc", but without giving a
--build-dir, as the instructions say it isn't strictly necessary if the
folder is writeable, which it is), and redirected the output to
build.log, as explained in step 5.3.4 (using ">build.log 2>&1" as
given). I've attached the log file.

when I examine the log, I see a bunch of errors, as well as some
warnings about MPI and python.

Most importantly, can someone explain the errors to me, please.

Also, can someone advise on the warnings. I am trying to build a
windows port of a linux program written by a friend. I know he uses
Boost, but I'm not sure if he built it with any special requirements,
or just used a standard pre-built version that came with his distro.
As I don't know Boost myself, I'm not really sure if I need the python
or MPI stuff, or not, or even which questions to ask my friend around
what he did with Boost.

Many thanks in advance for any help I can get.


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