OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Compiler: MinGW v4.6.2 running C++11 (separate from Code::Blocks)
IDE: Code::Blocks v12.11
I've finally decided I want to install 3rd-party libraries and I need some help doing so. I want to install Boost 1.54.0 after hearing about how great it was, and after previewing some of it's capabilities, I quite agree; and I even have a use for Boost at the moment. However, I would like to get the full experience of Boost, so I want to build the libraries that it requires it to be built, but I have no Idea how. I've done many Google searches, and none really show a user-friendly step-by-step process for building. I know, from what I glanced, is that I'm going to be using Windows Command Prompt to run that "bootstrap.bat" script. But I have no idea what to do from there (what to invoke, what directory trees to create, etc.). I also know that they have "specialized" Boost for Visual Studio to work very well, but as you can see, I have Code::Blocks, which means I'm not running any special consoles.
SO, if anybody would care to explain how to install Boost for Code::Blocks on Windows, please please respond. Thanks so much.
IIRC - boost is header only, and can thus not be installed like a library. But you can "install" it by placing the include folder somewhere on your system and just use that folder as a search directory.
You may have to compile bjam... Or you can google it and get it and just place the EXE where you extracted Boost.
A couple of important notes (in random order):
1) It takes all night to compile everything. Make sure you are sleeping or something so that it has time to finish. Also, make sure your computer won't automatically go into power-down mode while you are away...
2) Make sure you place Boost in a path that DOES NOT CONTAIN SPACES!
3) If you plan to use Boost::Locale and the like to do extra-cool stuff, you'll need to install ICU first. (Which is shockingly easier to do than Boost.) If you don't need it right now, don't bother...
4) I recommend you unzip the boost libraries to C:\Boost and compile from there. Once you are done, use explorer to move the C:\Boost\include directory to C:\MinGW\include\boost (or wherever Code::Blocks put your MinGW).
Then use explorer to copy everything in the C:\Boost\lib directory to C:\MinGW\lib.
Once you have moved those two directories, you can delete C:\Boost.
What this does is integrate the Boost libraries with your installation of MinGW. If you ever upgrade MinGW you will have to recompile the boost libraries anyway, so it isn't too much to have to deal with.
5) My version of Boost had an error in the makefiles... I don't remember exactly where it was... but it aborted the install pretty quickly. You might have to find the error and fix it yourself. The installation process produces a lot of output, so if you get stuck you can track down where the error happened.
If that is too much for you, let me know what version of Boost you are trying to install and your version of MinGW/GCC and I'll see if I can figure it out for you.
Seriously, ICU is much easier to install...
Hope this helps.
 Oh yeah, @kefin you recall incorrectly. Most of the libraries in Boost are, in fact, header only. But some important ones: filesystem, regex, locale, etc. do require compilation.
I use nuwen's distro http://nuwen.net/mingw.html it uses 4.8 and comes with boost. Also, the MinGW that comes with Code::Blocks 12.11 is TDM-4.7.1 so it's moreup to date then the version you are using.
Ah well, all in all, through nuwen's distro up there (thanks naraku9333), I was able to get boost. I mean, I still don't quite know how to build libraries, but the goal in the end was to get boost, so I guess that works.