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This section describes main targets types that Boost.Build supports out-of-the-box. Unless otherwise noted, all mentioned main target rules have the common signature, described in the section called “Declaring Targets”.
Programs are created using the
exe rule, which follows the
common syntax. For
exe hello : hello.cpp some_library.lib /some_project//library : <threading>multi ;
This will create an executable file from the sources—in this case, one C++ file, one library file present in the same directory, and another library that is created by Boost.Build. Generally, sources can include C and C++ files, object files and libraries. Boost.Build will automatically try to convert targets of other types.
On Windows, if an application uses shared libraries, and both the
application and the libraries are built using Boost.Build, it is not
possible to immediately run the application, because the
environment variable should include the path to the
libraries. It means you have to either add the paths manually, or have
the build place the application and the libraries into the same
directory. See the section called “Installing”.