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Subject: Re: [boost] [type_index] type names string cross-platformness
From: Andrey Semashev (andrey.semashev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-12-05 14:55:49

On 12/05/17 17:46, Damien Buhl via Boost wrote:
> Dear Boost,
> MSVC differs from GCC & Clang in the way it present the pretty_name of a
> type_info within Type Index.
> Indeed for the following type : struct why {};
> Is presented as `struct why` while on GCC it is `why`.
> Is there any reason why pretty_name wouldn't strip / add the information
> from one of the compiler in order to reach a cross-plaftorm string name
> of types ?
> MSVC: <>
> GCC:
> Would such a patch to the library be possible & welcome ?
> Best regards,

I think any attempt to make the type names portable/compatible is futile
and only adds overhead that is otherwise useless. IMHO, the library
should return the name as the underlying compiler/ABI does, with no
attempt to post-process it beyond demangling.

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