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Subject: Re: [boost] [Serialization] BOOST_CLASS_EXPORT regression on SunCC
From: Emil Dotchevski (emildotchevski_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-17 12:20:28

On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 7:27 AM, Sohail Somani <sohail_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> David Abrahams wrote:
>> on Tue Feb 17 2009, Sohail Somani <> wrote:
>>> Hey Robert,
>>> I guess that is possible. I have no idea *why* it is not getting
>>> instantiated though so I wouldn't know where to start. Any suggestions?
>>> In any case, what part of the standard says that the return type should
>>> be instantiated? I read the part referenced in register_archive.hpp
>>> (temp.dep.candidate) but I can't see how to interpret that as "must
>>> instantiate the return type."
>> My implementation of BOOST_CLASS_EXPORT used implementation-specific
>> hacks to get instantiation to happen on different compilers. It all
>> hinges on what the compiler considers to be "using" a name. So you may
>> have to find the right hack for Sun. Fortunately, the code was fairly
>> well localized into a single header IIRC.
> Ok, that is a start. Thanks.
> Still, why intentionally restrict portability even further when the
> alternative was not burdensome to begin with? I would have better luck
> implementing a portable export (the previous version) rather than
> figuring out hacks for each compiler.
> I think the export documentation should be modified to say (in big fat
> bold letters) that it should not be used in portable code.

I think it's better to deprecate BOOST_CLASS_EXPORT altogether.

Emil Dotchevski
Reverge Studios, Inc.

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