Compiling boost for Windows, with MinGW on Linux

Just in case you see the utter logic in developing for Windows on Linux :)

In the root of the unpacked Boost:

  • Run ./ --with-python=$(which python2) --prefix=${HOME}/opt/boost-win --without-icu

  • Modify project-config.jam like this:

     # file.
     if ! gcc in [ feature.values <toolset> ]
    -    using gcc ;
    +    using gcc : : i486-mingw32-g++ ;
     project : default-build <toolset>gcc ;
  • Compile and install by running ./bjam --layout=system variant=release threading=multi link=shared runtime-link=shared toolset=gcc target-os=windows threadapi=win32 install

Limit what is built by adding e.g. --with-program_options to that last command.

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