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  Component              Link Flag                      Library Type
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  Boost.Filesystem       -lboost_filesystem           	static  shared
  Boost.Graph            -lboost_graph                	static  shared
  Boost.Graph_parallel   -lboost_graph_parallel       	static  shared
  Boost.IOStreams        -lboost_iostreams            	static  shared
  Boost.Math		 -lboost_math_c99             	static  shared
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  			 -lboost_math_c99l            	static  shared
  			 -lboost_math_tr1            	static  shared
  			 -lboost_math_tr1f            	static  shared
  			 -lboost_math_tr1l            	static  shared
  Boost.MPI		 -lboost_mpi   		      	static  shared
  Boost.Program_options  -lboost_program_options      	static  shared
  Boost.Python           -lboost_python-py24       	static  shared
  			 -lboost_python-py25       	static  shared
  Boost.Regex            -lboost_regex                	static  shared
  Boost.Serialization    -lboost_serialization        	static  shared
                         -lboost_wserialization       	static  shared
  Boost.Signals          -lboost_signals              	static  shared
  Boost.System		 -lboost_system   	      	static  shared
  Boost.Test             -lboost_prg_exec_monitor     	static  shared
                         -lboost_unit_test_framework   	static  shared
  Boost.Thread           -lboost_thread               	static  shared
  Boost.Wave             -lboost_wave   		static  shared

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The components with a shared library have separate -dev packages.

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libraries, then continually installing versioned -dev packages is a
nuisance.  Debian therefore has a set of "default" Boost development
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This strategy was hashed out on debian-release in the Spring of 2009.
See threads starting at:

Example Code

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Use of boost/nondet_random.hpp

The use of this header file is subject to the availability of class
boost::random_device::impl. Boost libraries provide only an example
implementation which the user may use to fit her needs.

Such implementation is distributed by libboostX.Y-dev Debian package
in file /usr/share/doc/libboostX.Y-dev/examples/random_device.cpp. 
This file is generally good enough for most linux users.  Simply 
copy and modify to suit your needs.

Boost.Test main() function

The Boost unit test framework defines a main() function in the static
library boost_unit_test_framework.a.  Prior to v 1.34, the shared
library also defined main() but it no longer does.

Please see the manual and the following thread for more details

 -- Steve M. Robbins <>, Sat, 19 Sep 2009 15:16:51 z
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