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Subject: Re: [boost] [log] Release Candidate 4 released
From: Andrey Semashev (andrey.semashev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-01-29 14:19:20

On 01/29/2010 08:05 PM, Kim Barrett wrote:
> The combination of gcc version (gcc 4.2.x), the reported error reason
> (has not external linkage) and the type in the error location
> including names in an anonymous namespace (occurrences of<unnamed>)
> lead me to believe this is the same as a problem I've encountered a
> number of times, most recently yesterday.
> The issue seems to be that gcc 4.2 contains (the beginnings of?) an
> optimization to exclude symbols from anonymous namespaces from the set
> of external linker symbols, as a space optimization, and possibly with
> other benefits. Unfortunately, in gcc 4.2 this seems to have been
> somewhat botched because these symbols still need to be treated as
> having external linkage as far as various C++ language features are
> concerned, and that doesn't appear to be done correctly. These
> problems seem to have been addressed in gcc 4.3.
> The only workaround I've found for this is to change the relevant
> anonymous namespace to be a named namespace, typically some "detail"
> or "impl" type of namespace since these aren't supposed to be public
> names. I've only encountered this problem with gcc 4.2.x; 4.1 doesn't
> have the (attempt at) the relevant optimization, and this problem
> seems to have been fixed in gcc 4.3.

Thanks for the insight. This issue has already been reported to me but I
thought this was a compiler bug triggered by Boost.Intrusive. It all
ended in the trac ticket #3729.

I will add a workaround to Boost.Log.

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