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Getting started with Bonmin

Tested platforms

Bonmin has been installed and used on the following systems:

  • Linux using g++ version 3.* and 4.*
  • Windows using Cygwin version 1.5.18
  • Mac OS X using gcc 3.* and 4.*

Bonmin should be easy 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 knoweldge of it will be very appreciated.

Downloading Bonmin

Bonmin is preferably downloaded by using subversion.

In Un*x environments, to download the code via svn in a directory say coin-Bonmin issue the following command:

 svn co coin-Bonmin

This copies all the necessary COIN-OR files to compile Bonmin to coin-Bonmin.

Obtaining required third party code

Bonmin needs a few external packages which are not included in the Bonmin package:

  1. Lapack (Linear Algebra PACKage)
  2. Blas (Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines)
  3. the sparse linear solver MA27 from the Harwell Subroutine Library and optionally (but strongly recommended) MC19 to enable automatic scaling in \Ipopt.
  4. optionally ASL (the Ampl Solver Library), to be able to use Bonmin from Ampl.

Since these third-party software modules are released under licenses that are incompatible with the CPL (pay attention to their licenses), they cannot be included for distribution with Bonmin, but you will find scripts to help you download them in the subdirectory ThirdParty of the Bonmin distribution (Detailed instruction can be found in Ipopt manual or in ThirdParty

Instaling Bonmin

To install Bonmin issue the following command in the main Bonmin distribution (coin-Bonmin above) directory:

  1. mkdir build
  2. cd build
  3. ../configure -C
  4. make
  5. make test
  6. 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 (should finished with message All tests passed succesfully.

Step 6 Installs the Bonmin library libbonmin, the bonmin executable, and the required header file to use the Bonmin library.

The User's Manual and the BuildTools project have additional details on downloading, building, and installing.