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Subject: Re: [boost] [new Warnings policy] MS C4180 ontheMaintenance Guidelines
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-11-20 13:16:10

Peter Dimov wrote:
> (Apologies of losing track of the quoting.)
> >> Warnings often indicate real problems.
> A "warning policy" is only needed for warnings that do not
> indicate real problems.

That's a naive position. If one is in the habit of ignoring warnings (suppressed or otherwise), one may miss the error. Warnings can alert the developer to a problem before anyone notices it in real use. Consequently, the warnings policy is to build at a reasonably high warning level and to emit none. The latter involves the other things under discussion.

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

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