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Subject: Re: [boost] Are warnings acceptable artifacts from builds?
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-09-11 14:31:48

Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> If the "we want no warnings dammit" crowd main argument is "at my
> company we have zero-warnings policy, we can't do anything about it"
> then arguing whether or not any particular warning should be addressed
> is pointless (OTOH, I'd bet that no company has zero-warnings policy
> because some warnings can't be dealt with any other way but by
> disabling them.)

Disabling a warning, provided the scope is controlled, is fine. A company may craft a warnings policy, used whenever building code, that always disables select warnings, too, but that doesn't violate the zero warnings policy.

Given a certain warnings configuration, however, developers at a zero warnings company expect builds to produce no warnings, which leads to expecting library cooperation.

So long as the library author/maintainer is willing to try to eliminate warnings identified by users, there should be no problem. This is appropriate even for users that don't have a zero-warnings policy.

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

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