Introduction to Boost

Boost provides a set of free peer-reviewed portable C++ source libraries. It includes libraries for linear algebra, pseudorandom number generation, multithreading, image processing, regular expressions and unit testing.

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  • Estimated disk space required: 884 MB (additional 1 MB for Boost.Build's regression test)

  • Estimated build time: 3.9 SBU (additional 1.5 SBU for Boost.Build's regression test)

Boost Dependencies


ICU-55.1, Python-2.7.10 and Open MPI

User Notes:

Installation of Boost

Install Boost by running the following commands:

sed -e '1 i#ifndef Q_MOC_RUN' \
    -e '$ a#endif'            \
    -i boost/type_traits/detail/has_binary_operator.hpp &&

./ --prefix=/usr &&
./b2 stage threading=multi link=shared

To run the Boost.Build's regression test (Python-2.7.10 required), issue pushd tools/build/test; python; popd. One test out of 130 fails.

To run every library's regression tests, issue pushd status; ../b2; popd. A few tests may fail. They take very long (over 120/50 SBU, one/four cores) and use a very large disk space (up to 40 GB). You can use the -jN switch to speed them up.

Now, as the root user:

./b2 install threading=multi link=shared

Command Explanations

sed ... has_binary_operator.hpp: This command fixes a header to overcome a problem with Qt's moc command. It is necessary for building some KDE packages.

threading=multi: This parameter ensures that Boost is built with multithreading support.

link=shared: This parameter ensures that only shared libraries are created, except for libboost_exception and libboost_test_exec_monitor which are created as static. Most people will not need the static libraries. Indeed most programs using Boost only use the headers. 0mit this parameter if you do need static libraries.

-jN: This switch may be added to the b2 command lines, to run up to N processes in parallel.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Libraries:, libboost_chrono.a,,,,,, libboost_exception.a,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, libboost_system.a,, libboost_test_exec_monitor.a,, libboost_timer.a,,,, and
Installed Directory: /usr/include/boost

Last updated on 2015-09-20 15:38:20 -0700