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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Package Information

Boost Dependencies


ICU-56.1, Python-2.7.10 and OpenMPI

User Notes:

Installation of Boost

Install Boost by running the following commands:

./ --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.

To run regression tests for every library, issue pushd status; ../b2; popd. A few tests may fail. They take a long time (more than 120 SBU) and use up to 40 GB of disk space. You can use the -jN parameter to speed them up.

Now, as the root user:

./b2 install threading=multi link=shared

Command Explanations

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 since most programs using Boost only use the headers. Omit this parameter if you do need static libraries.

-jN: This parameter may be added to the b2 command lines so it can use up to N processes in parallel.


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Installed Directory: /usr/include/boost

Last updated on 2015-10-03 14:54:13 -0500