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the "./configure" is commented out.  We find that if we don't comment this out that are resulting boost-based binaries (those that link the boost libs) "hang."  By commenting it out, we get our boost binaries to work.

How might we fix things such that we can consistently run ./configure (and therefore check our build environment properly...or so that's my understanding of what ./configure does in this context)?