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From: Yuval Ronen (ronen_yuval_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-03-23 07:42:58

Peter Dimov wrote:
> Case A, call_once implemented in the header. You ship an improved
> call_once.hpp. User program needs recompilation to take advantage of the
> improvement.
> Case B, call_once a thin wrapper over a C API, as in N2178. You ship an
> improved .lib/.dll. User program doesn't need recompilation (lib) or relink
> (dll).

Has anyone ever encountered a scenario where a new version of a library
is published, and applications using it consider re-compiling a major
(or even minor) drawback? And if so, why does Boost push so hard for a
header-only implementation of its libraries? Isn't it a contradiction?

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