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Subject: Re: [boost] [Booster] Or boost is useless for library developers
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-05-18 08:55:07

Peter Dimov wrote:
> Stewart, Robert wrote:
> > I get that it would be nice to have maintenance releases
> > that include
> > backported bug fixes so that one could continue to use
> > older releases for
> > a longer period rather than chasing the latest release to
> > get bug fixes.
> > That would ensure longer lived ABI compatibility.
> It's not easy to maintain ABI compatibility while making
> changes. libstdc++
> has dedicated tests for that, and they routinely do earn their keep.

Of course. I meant, and should have written, "that would *help to* ensure longer lived ABI compatibility." Indeed, it could be policy that no ABI breaking changes can be made, even for the sake of bug fixes, in a maintenance release.

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

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