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Subject: Re: [boost] [mpl] Abandoning old compilers
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-02-28 18:28:00

On 2/28/2015 5:50 PM, Robert Ramey wrote:
> Peter Dimov-2 wrote
>> Edward Diener wrote:
>> We should drop VC++6/7, bcc32, dmc, old sun support from MPL to make it
>> more
>> maintainable - provided that it is going to be maintained at all, or
>> course.
> Wouldn't be best just to leave this question to the person who actually
> takes responsibility for doing the maintenance? In practical terms, the
> best usage of one's time is to address that stuff that's broken and leave
> the other stuff alone. Supporting compilers over a certain vintage
> shouldn't be a requirement, but neither should it be a requirement that a
> library NOT support an older compiler or that it be (re) implemented using
> some newer version. The operative principle is
> a) that it respect the current/traditional interface unless there is a good
> reason to break it.
> b) that it work with some defined set of recent compilers.
> The rest is up to the person responsible for the library.

There is no one person responsible for MPL anymore AFAIK. In fact I
think the Boost maintenance team also access to change it.

> What I don't want to see implemented is the concept of "drive-by"
> maintenance whereby someone makes a "fix" and moves on. There has to be
> some particular person who takes responsibility for consistency and
> continuity.
> Robert Ramey

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