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From: Dean Michael Berris (mikhailberis_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-11-15 05:33:20

On Nov 14, 2007 10:40 PM, Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Henrik Sundberg wrote:
> > 2007/11/13, Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]>:
> >> Starting right about the time of the revision 41056 threads changes, the
> >> Windows smoke tests started to pop up dialog boxes (rather than just
> >> failing quietly) for various threads problems. bjam had not been
> >> recompiled, and there was nothing else running on the machine at the time.
> >>
> >> Is this a threads problem, or did something go haywire on my machine?
> >
> > The error handling is changed in VC8, see:
> >
> > When we started using VC8 SP1, we had to add a background process
> > looking for error dialogs and automatically closing them (otherwise
> > the failing processes just hangs, and our redundancy mechanisms could
> > not do a ting).
> >
> > The change in VS SP1 was really bad for us.
> I wondered if something like that had happened, but since I applied SP1
> a long time ago, don't understand why it would just now start to happen.

I'm not completely sure, but there have been a series of Windows
updates since the release of SP1. I can't be entirely sure this has
anything to do with this, but I'm willing to guess additional security
measures made by the Windows operating system will cause dialog boxes
to appear on sometimes seemingly innocuous errors.

This is pure speculation though, but if rolling back to the last known
build that works without the dialog boxes on failures doesn't work
then it might be a case of Windows update changing the way things work
for Boost testing inadvertently.

I hope this helps.

Dean Michael C. Berris
Software Engineer, Friendster, Inc.
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