I am currently using Boost.IOStreams to read some compressed data out of a database. When I tried to user a zlib_decompressor object to deflate the incoming stream, it failed to compile. It turns out that you have to add zlib to the boost build process, so I grabbed a copy of the latest zlib sources and made the necessary change to my boost build script (added -sZLIB_SOURCE=… so that boost.build could find the zlib sources).
Unfortunately the build failed. Bjam complained that it was missing a dependency (gzio.c). After a bit of trial and error with various boost.build options, I found the problem. I checked the zlib change log and it turns out that in version 188.8.131.52 they removed the gzio.c file from the zlib sources. Unfortunately, this was a very recent change so boost.build has not yet been updated to reflect the current zlib. (more…)