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Subject: Re: [boost] Which compilers are not supported for 1.48 ?
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-07-17 17:44:26

on Sat Jul 16 2011, "Bo Persson" <> wrote:

> Antony Polukhin wrote:
>> 2011/7/16 Lars Viklund <zao_at_[hidden]>:
>>> The world needs more compilers, and it saddens me when new
>>> libraries are developed and deployed claiming to be portable but
>>> only really builds on recent GCC and maybe MSVC.
>> Let me simplify the question:
>> VC++6 and other old compiler builds are totally broken in multiple
>> wide used libraries.
>> 1) Shall I fix and commit bugfixes for those errors (hundreds of
>> them)? I have no time to fix them all.
>> 2) Shall I do nothing?
>> 2.1) Do we need code, old/deprecated headers that does not work at
>> all?
>> 2.2) Why don`t post a warning/error for a user, that this compiler
>> is not supported and '21 error(s), 1674 warning(s)' are not the user
>> fault?
>> 3) Shall I post bug reports for library maintainers?
>> 3.1) They have opened bugs even for new compilers... When will be
>> the fixes ready? Will be there any fixes?
> I find it a bit odd that Boost should work hard to support compiler
> versions that are themselves unsupported since many years.
> Why do we think this is a productive idea?

Let me be clear: Boost doesn't have an official policy about what
compilers are supported. Library maintainers are free to support
whichever toolchains they like.

Now, maybe we should change all or part of that, but that's how it
stands today.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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