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Subject: Re: [boost] Ticket #2115 Avoid bad Apple macros
From: Marshall Clow (marshall_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-12 11:49:30

>> Apple has a header called <AssertMacros.h> that #defines both "check"
>> and "check_error." These macros naturally collide with the same names
>> in Boost. We should consider a global change.
>What global change? That Boost not use these names?
>What about the other horrid macros in that header? Here is a list
>from Marshall:

[ list containing about 60 names elided ]

>Marshall comments: IMHO, the really nasty ones are: check, verify,
>require and check_error.
>> That would also
>> probably require a global policy change for checkins.
>> Assigning to Beman, Cc'ing John M, component "inspection script"
>> assigned to John although I might be wrong about that, but obviously
>> we need to discuss this. Maybe we'll decide to make it "wontfix"
>I really don't want to start a policy of avoiding every name that is
>defined in any vendor header. I forget the details, but at least one
>vendor has shipped a header defining "read" and "write" macros!
>The fix for this one is to complain to Apple. They need to provide a
>new new header that supplies the functionality but using macro
>naming discipline, deprecate the old header, and add a warning to
>the old header suggesting that users migrate to the new header. If
>they wanted to be really helpful, they could provide a script to
>automatically change the old names to the new names. And if they
>have any other headers that fail to apply macro naming discipline,
>they should do the same for those headers too. By "naming
>discipline", I mean something like the Boost policy for macro names
>always being all uppercase and beginning with BOOST_.

[ sorry for the excessive quoting, but I think the context is important ]

While I agree with Beman (complain to Apple), and Howard has filed a
bug report with Apple, that still leaves us hurting at the present

I think a good workaround is to define __ASSERTMACROS__ in the darwin
jam file, which will disable all those macros (by preventing
/usr/include/AssertMacros.h from being parsed), and mentioning it in
the docs.

-- Marshall
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