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Subject: Re: [boost] [git] [conversion] Schedule and remaining showstoppers?
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-10-21 00:42:41

on Wed Oct 16 2013, Daniel Pfeifer <> wrote:

> 2013/10/15 Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]>:
>> On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM, Niall Douglas <s_sourceforge_at_[hidden]>wrote:
>>> On 15 Oct 2013 at 13:59, Beman Dawes wrote:
>>> > > I agree about switching just after a release, but it's not ready for
>>> > > primetime yet IMHO.
>>> >
>>> > Is that a general concern, or are there specific issues you are worried
>>> > about?
>>> It's the hideous complexity of doing a perfect conversion, not
>>> specific issues.
>> We are not trying to do a perfect conversion. We are trying to do a
>> reasonably good conversion and then move on.
> I think we had a reasonably good conversion at BoostCon 2012.
> Our approach was rejected by the community so we started a new
> approach, this time aiming for perfect conversion.
> The new approach looked very promising at first and we made good
> progress. But it has become more complex than expected.

You make it sound like it's not working. AFAICT, it's working exactly
as we expect it to.

> It is really like Niall wrote: "Every time you think you're getting
> closer to done, another new minefield of subtle issues appears which
> causes more borkage across the whole conversion process."

I disagree strongly. I believe I solved the important problems and the
tool is now pretty solid and maintainable. However, I'm not up for
making any major changes to it; I just don't have the time.

Dave Abrahams

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