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From: Eric Niebler (eric_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-10-29 11:08:54

Douglas Gregor wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-10-27 at 11:08 -0400, Arkadiy Vertleyb wrote:
>> "Eric Niebler" <eric_at_[hidden]> wrote
>>> In order for BOOST_TYPEOF to work with xpressive's static regexes
>>> (something I'm actively trying to support), I need registrations for
>>> reference_wrapper<> and mpl::int_<>. I'm happy to add them, but I'm not
>>> sure where. Thoughts?
> There are several libraries that have this kind of problem. typeof needs
> registrations, serialization needs serialize() functions, MPI needs
> datatype traits, etc. I wonder if we can solve this problem for all of
> Boost with some kind of automatic scheme that says: if you include
> header A from one library and header B from another library, you
> automatically get whatever glue makes A and B work well together.
> It's relatively simple to implement this for two headers. In header A
> you have:
> # include <glue_a_and_b.hpp>
> #endif
> In header B you have:
> # include <glue_a_and_b.hpp>
> #endif

I don't think this is a very good idea. Take a really basic example like
boost/ref.hpp, that is included *everywhere*. Are you really going to
add PP blocks like this to ref.hpp for every library in boost that
includes it? That would be almost every library in Boost, and it would
be an continuing maintenance problem for the author of ref.hpp.

I think the better solution is the one Arkadiy suggested ... that there
is a dedicated place for such registrations so interested parties can
add them if they need them. I'd be happy with his suggestion of

Eric Niebler
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