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Subject: Re: [boost] [warnings] Are warnings acceptable artifacts from builds?
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-09-09 08:30:31

Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Stewart,
> Robert<Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> > Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> >> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:27 PM, Stewart,
> >> Robert<Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> >> > Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> >> >> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:11 PM, Stewart,
> >> >> Robert<Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> >> >> >
> >> >> > The warning may, in fact, be unreasonable, but the library
> >> >> > author should do all possible to quiet the warning.
> >> >>
> >> >> Why?
> >> >
> >> > For the reasons I already gave.
> >>
> >> To address someone's preference?
> >
> > Come now. I gave more reasons than that one.
> I think that you assume that the warning is reasonable and easy to
> fix, as with most warnings that could be silenced with casts. A lot of
> times, fixing such warnings is common sense. In that case, just a note
> to the library developer would be enough to have it fixed.
> But you can't generalize from this, to "all warnings should
> be silenced."

I never did that, though you seem intent upon imposing that view upon me. Go back and reread my earlier posts. You'll see that I said to remove all warnings possible. I know that not all can be removed. I also know that most can be. Your arguments have been adversarial from the start, claiming that those with my view are being rude to you, the library developer, whose code shouldn't be questioned. (Review your own posts to see why I would say so.)

The goal should be to eliminate every warning possible because a library's warnings should not obscure a library user's warnings and errors, because the warnings connote inferior library code quality to the user (I'd think library developers would wish to avoid such connotations), and because there are many that treat warnings as errors. If warnings cannot be avoided, then they should be documented and the library user must deal with such warnings as best they can. That doesn't change the goal.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer, Core Software using std::disclaimer;
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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