Getting started with Bonmin
How to run Bonmin
Bonmin executables are only distributed experimentally at this point. Therefore, to install Bonmin on your machine requires you to download all the code, its dependencies and perform the compilation process. Depending on your knowledge of computers this process may be quite easy or very painful.
Fortunately, for those who don't want to go through the compilation process, the NEOS Server for optimization provides a very easy to use web interface to Bonmin which anybody can use. Also, Bonmin is available in the GAMS modeling system (since release 22.5).
Bonmin has been installed and used on the following systems:
- Linux using gcc version 4.5
- Windows using Cygwin version 1.5.18 (see the Cygwin packages required in CygwinInstall)
- Mac OS X using gcc 4.2.1 (follow the instruction for Ipopt there to configure)
- Solaris on Intel processors using gcc version 4.3
Bonmin should be relatively easy to install on most un*x's provided that you have a C++ and a Fortran compiler.
We don't know anybody who has yet tried to build it in the Microsoft Development Studio, the contribution of anybody who uses Microsoft Development Studio and has good knowledge of it will be very appreciated.
Bonmin installation follows the guidelines of COIN-OR. We provide here only very brief instructions, please refer to the BuildTools wiki for more details.
First you need to know which version of the code you would like to obtain.
- If you don't know how to use subversion (and don't want to learn it) or if you want to have a version of the code which will remain identical over time, we recommend that you get the latest release which is Bonmin here.
- If you want to stay up to date with bug-fixes and improvements, we recommand that you use subversion to get the version of the stable branch. As bug are found and fixed, the stable branch will be updated by us and by using subversion you can easily obtain the latest bugfixes.
To obtain the latest release just download Bonmin here.
svn co https://projects.coin-or.org/svn/Bonmin/stable/1.5 Bonmin-stable
This copies all the necessary COIN-OR files to compile Bonmin to Bonmin-stable].
Obtain third party code
Unfortunately it is required to obtain some ThirdParty code (follow the link for instructions).
To install Bonmin issue the following command in the main Bonmin distribution (Bonmin-1.3 above) directory:
- mkdir build
- cd build
- ../configure -C
- make test
- make install
Step 1 Create a directory used to build the code (note that this step is optional but is strongly recommended).
Step 3 Runs a configuration script which creates the Makefiles for Bonmin.
Step 4 Builds the Bonmin library and executable.
Step 5 Builds the test program and runs it.
Step 6 Installs the Bonmin library libbonmin, the bonmin executable, and the required header file to use the Bonmin library.
If the above procedure did not work, you might find additional help:
- in Bonmin User's Manual (pdf version),
- on the BuildTools troubleshooting page
- in the BuildTools detailed instructions page