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Subject: Re: [boost] Recommend dropping test coverage on msvc-7.1 and msvc-8.0
From: Peter Dimov (lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-10-14 17:03:40

James E. King, III wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 12:33 PM, Robert Ramey via Boost <
> boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> > My point is that selection of toolchains to support and test is upto the
> > library maintainer. There is not communal agreement necessary.
> That would be far too confusing to consumers of the boost library set.

"Would be" is not the appropriate tense here as the above describes the
status quo, which has been in place for decades now.

> Each release of the boost library set should have a standard set of
> compilers that are tested.

We had the concept of "release compilers" at one point, which was the subset
of the matrix in which failures were considered critical obstacles to doing
a release; but we seem to have dropped that now.

To get back to your unspoken question, I think that you can with clear
conscience drop msvc-7.1 and msvc-8.0 as supported compilers for the Format

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