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From: Andy Little (andy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-05-02 18:14:06

"John Maddock" wrote

> Take another look at the getting started docs, you can either do an install:
> the lib files get copied to a location of your choice, or you can do a:
> bjam stage
> in which case the lib files are collected under boost-path/stage/lib
> Clear?

You know, reading the introduction to it really isnt very clear to me.
Maybe it would help to provide a slightly gentler opening, a bit of preamble
and some explanation of where we are and what we are about to do? Maybe
something like :



The Boost distribution comprises numerous high quality C++ libraries and tools.
Some libraries in the distribution are designed to be used header only while
others are designed to be precompiled as static or dynamically linked libraries.
Whichever operating system you are using, the suggested method of configuring
the distribution, after it has been downloaded, is to invoke Boost Jam, a front
end for the Boost Build system. A Bjam script is included with the distribution
which can be used to build the static and dynamic libraries in the distribution
and, optionally, copy both the headers and static and dynamically linked
libraries into common directories of your choice, where they can be found by
your compiler and linker.

The following sections are designed to walk you in detail through getting,
building, and installing the Boost distribution.

  1.. Download Boost.
  2.. Install Boost.Jam.
  3.. Configure your compiler toolset.
  4.. Go to Boost distribution directory.
  5.. Build and install.


Andy Little

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