boost, boost_unit_test_framework

Václav Haisman
Tue Oct 11 10:37:00 GMT 2005

Mattias Brändström wrote:
> Hello!
> I want to write some C++ programs that use boost and compile them using
> cygwin. What is the recomended way of doing this?
> Usually when I use the boost libraries (on Fedora Core) I would be able
> to link my program using gcc by providing -lboost_date_time on the
> command line. With cygwin I can't do that since there is no
> libboost_date_time.a library insalled. However, these libraries are
> installed:
> /usr/lib/libboost_date_time-gcc-mt-s-1_33.a*
> /usr/lib/libboost_date_time-gcc-mt-s.a*
This is called 'versioned' layout.

> In my build scripts I would still like to be able to specify
> -lboost_date_time and not -lboost_date_time-gcc-mt-s. Is it the
> intention of the maintainer of the cygwin boost package that I should
> make a symbolic link (ln -s libboost_date_time.a
> libboost_date_time-gcc-mt-s.a) to the library that I want to use?
You can either add the links or you can have something like
BOOST_SUFFIX=-gcc-mt-s and use -lboost_date_time${BOOST_SUFFIX}.

> In my opinion it would be preferable to have one of the  different
> variants of the date library installed as libboost_date_time.a. Is there
> any special reason why it's done like it is today?
Marking the version in the way it is now done is prefered by those who
approve this package.

> Another question regarding the cygwin boost package is why the test
> libraries are missing?
Because its build is broken on Cygwin.

> I am curious. =)
> Regards,
> Mattias

Vaclav Haisman

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