Boost.Build 2011.12-svn

Project-specific help:

  • Project has jamfile at Jamroot


  • b2 [options] [properties] [install|stage]

  • Builds and installs Boost.

Targets and Related Options:


Install headers and compiled library files to the


configured locations (below).


Install architecture independent files here. Default; C:\Boost on Win32 Default; \,/usr/local\/ on Unix. Linux, etc.

--exec-prefix=<EPREFIX> Install architecture dependent files here.

Default; <PREFIX>


Install library files here. Default; <EPREFIX>/lib


Install header files here. Default; <PREFIX>/include


Build and install only compiled library files to the


stage directory.


Install library files here Default; ./stage

Other Options:


Build the specified pre-defined set of variations of the libraries. Note, that which variants get built depends on what each library supports.

-- minimal -- (default) Builds a minimal set of

variants. On Windows, these are static multithreaded libraries in debug and release modes, using shared runtime. On Linux, these are static and shared multithreaded libraries in release mode.

  • -- complete -- Build all possible variations.


Build in this location instead of building within the distribution tree. Recommended!


Display the list of Boost libraries that require build and installation steps, and then exit.


Determine whether to choose library names and header locations such that multiple versions of Boost or multiple compilers can be used on the same system.

-- versioned -- Names of boost binaries include

the Boost version number, name and version of the compiler and encoded build properties. Boost headers are installed in a subdirectory of <HDRDIR> whose name contains the Boost version number.

-- tagged -- Names of boost binaries include the

encoded build properties such as variant and threading, but do not including compiler name and version, or Boost version. This option is useful if you build several variants of Boost, using the same compiler.

-- system -- Binaries names do not include the

Boost version number or the name and version number of the compiler. Boost headers are installed directly into <HDRDIR>. This option is intended for system integrators building distribution packages.

The default value is 'versioned' on Windows, and

'system' on Unix.


Add the specified ID to the name of built libraries. The default is to not add anything.


Add the specified ID to the name of built libraries that depend on Python. The default is to not add anything. This ID is added in addition to --buildid.


This message.


Build and install the specified <library>. If this option is used, only libraries specified using this option will be built.


Do not build, stage, or install the specified <library>. By default, all libraries are built.



Indicate the toolset to build with.


Select the build variant


Whether to build static or shared libraries


Whether to build single or multithreaded binaries


Whether to link to static or shared C and C++ runtime.

Configuration help:

  • Configuration file at \,/build/boost1.55-smuRRy/boost1.55-1.55\/.0+dfsg/tools/build/v2/user-config.jam

  • This file is used to configure your Boost.Build installation. You can modify

this file in place, or you can place it in a permanent location so that it does not get overwritten should you get a new version of Boost.Build. See:


for documentation about possible permanent locations.

General command line usage:

  • b2 [options] [properties] [targets]

  • Options, properties and targets can be specified in any order.

Important Options:

  • * --clean Remove targets instead of building * -a Rebuild everything * -n Don't execute the commands, only print them * -d+2 Show commands as they are executed * -d0 Supress all informational messages * -q Stop at first error * --reconfigure Rerun all configuration checks * --debug-configuration Diagnose configuration * --debug-building Report which targets are built with what properties * --debug-generator Diagnose generator search/execution

Further Help:

  • The following options can be used to obtain additional documentation.

  • * --help-options Print more obscure command line options. * --help-internal Boost.Build implementation details. * --help-doc-options Implementation details doc formatting.

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