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Subject: Re: [Boost-build] Building Boost on Windows without Visual Studio
From: Lars Viklund (zao_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-04-18 14:54:27

On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:19:12PM -0600, Steven Watanabe wrote:
> On 04/16/2014 12:08 PM, Arindam Mukherjee wrote:
> > Is there a way to build Boost from source using just the toolchain
> > provided by Windows SDK without a Visual Studio installation? I have
> > tried this in the distant past (with version 1.31 by creating an
> > mssdk-amd64-tools.jam based on the distributed msvc-tools.jam). But is
> > there some way to do this out of the box with the newer versions? Is
> > it officially supported?
> >
> No, it is not supported. I wasn't even aware
> that this was possible.

The WSDK ships with a standalone compiler and platform headers and uses
MSVCRT.dll as runtime instead of the versioned VC++ runtimes. As such,
it is attractive to people who don't want the deployment headaches of a
runtime redistributable.

The core problem with the WSDK is not only a lack of support in build
systems, but also that the last time I looked at it it didn't have a C++
standard library runtime at all, being limited to building C code.

While there may be limited use in supporting the toolchain in
Boost.Build (which this list is about), it's completely uninteresting
for Boost and its C++ code (which this list isn't about).

Lars Viklund | zao_at_[hidden]

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