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configure fails to find correct boost_major_version on boost 1.58 #59

Rainmaker52 opened this issue Oct 7, 2015 · 2 comments

configure fails to find correct boost_major_version on boost 1.58 #59

Rainmaker52 opened this issue Oct 7, 2015 · 2 comments


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@Rainmaker52 Rainmaker52 commented Oct 7, 2015

When compiling hamsterdb 2.1.11 on ubuntu 15.10, the configure fails with
checking whether the compiler supports GCC C++ ABI name demangling... yes
checking for Boost headers version >= 1.53.0... yes
checking for Boost's header version...

configure: error: invalid value: boost_major_version=

Boost library is installed (1.58).

I'm not sure where this is going wrong, but $boost_cv_lib_version contains an empty string after the test in configure (around line 17338).

Quick 'n dirty workaround is to manually assign "158" to boost_cv_lib_version after the test.

This allows hamsterdb to compile successfully.

// Boost version.hpp configuration header file ------------------------------//

// (C) Copyright John maddock 1999. Distributed under the Boost
// Software License, Version 1.0. (See accompanying file
// LICENSE_1_0.txt or copy at

// See for documentation



// Caution: this is the only Boost header that is guaranteed
// to change with every Boost release. Including this header
// will cause a recompile every time a new Boost version is
// used.
// BOOST_VERSION % 100 is the patch level
// BOOST_VERSION / 100 % 1000 is the minor version
// BOOST_VERSION / 100000 is the major version

define BOOST_VERSION 105800

// BOOST_LIB_VERSION must be defined to be the same as BOOST_VERSION
// but as a string in the form "x_y[_z]" where x is the major version
// number, y is the minor version number, and z is the patch level if not 0.
// This is used by <config/auto_link.hpp> to select which library version to link to.

define BOOST_LIB_VERSION "1_58"


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@cruppstahl cruppstahl commented Oct 8, 2015

OK, thanks. Will look into it soon-ish.

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@cruppstahl cruppstahl commented Dec 3, 2015

Fixed by upgrading to a newer boost.m4 file

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