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Subject: Re: [boost] Additional Test Configurations
From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-06-08 10:21:56

On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 8:13 AM, Peter Dimov <lists_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> Tom Kent wrote:
>> From a lot of the discussing I've seen on the lists, it seems that
>> there's a lot of work going into C++ 11/14/1z development. I was thinking
>> it would be good to add some of those switches. Which ones? How many?
>> Baseline Standard
>> -std=c++98 (I believe this is the default for all the g++/clang++
>> instances above)
>> -std=c++11/0x
>> -std=c++14/1y
>> -std=c++1z
And now MSVC is also adding similar but different /std options.

> We definitely need those. Testing a recent version of g++ (or any version
> of clang) in its default 98 mode isn't very useful. We need c++11 at the
> very minimum because without it half of the code isn't tested.


ISTM we are at the point where c++11 should be the default for gcc & clang,
and we spend ever less testing and development resources on c++98 for those
compilers. Likewise with MSVC we concentrate resources on more recent

> On the other hand, testing all compilers in all modes would be
> impractical. Some sort of a compromise needs to be struck, but I'm not sure
> how.

Maybe divide the world into rapid, default, and legacy. Currently, rapid ==
latest, default == c++11, and legacy == c++98 and older compilers. Rapid
runs as often as possible, default runs daily, legacy into three groups
cycling every third day. Or something similar.

Incidentally, I see rapid as only a stopgap until we have a real continuous
integration mechanism in place


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