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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-01-26 16:48:00

At 03:19 PM 1/26/2004, Guillaume Melquiond wrote:
>There was a recent change to the config/compiler/intel.hpp file in order
>to change (one more time) the way the detection of wchar_t works. I'm
>not a user of wchar_t, so I'm not interested in these changes. However,
>after updating my CVS repository, the Intel compiler (Linux platform)
>complained whenever I tried to use a Boost library. Indeed, there was a
>typo in the Config part of Boost.
>So I've committed a trivial fix to CVS head. However it was a bit
>annoying to note that a patch had been committed to such an important
>place carefreely (otherwise the bug would have been found). This is my
>first concern: the configuration of a compiler had been changed without
>even being tested.

Yes. What should really happen is that all uses of that toolset are seen
dependent on the toolset, so when it changes a recompilation of all tests

>Second concern: since the patch was not tested on this compiler/platform
>configuration, is it sure it behaves sanely? Since there was a lot of
>changes in this area, shouldn't a specific test file be added in order
>to finally ensure the correct detection of wchar_t? I can also directly
>exercise some testcases if provided; I can test with ICC 7 and 8 for

Yes. wchar_t has been a problem for a long time.

>Finally, my third concern: shouldn't such changes be committed to the
>release branch since they directly involve the configuration of an
>existing compiler?

Yes, please!

>Sorry for this long mail, but since release time draws near, I wanted to
>point out this problem.

Thanks - it need to be pointed out.


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