Subject: Re: [boost] [config] Positive feature macros, r2
From: John Maddock (jz.maddock_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-01-25 18:01:05
>> TL;DR we should switch to positive feature macros in Boost.Config,
>> and delaying this switch just accumulates more unnecessary code in
> My opinion hasn't changed since the last discussion - if we move to
> positive macros then please convert all existing macros as well. I
> wouldn't want to remember which one is positive or negative.
+1 on that.
I've been mostly silent on this because:
* Other folks have expressed what I feel as well (but I'm notoriously
slow to embrace change, so treat that with a pinch of salt).
* The number of new macros has slowed very significantly in recent years.
* The number of actively developed compilers is very much lower than in
* I see no great gain for *users* of the library.
* We currently separate standardized features which are all BOOST_NO_*
and vendor extensions which are all BOOST_HAS_*.
For compilers that are effectively "dead", we could just add a catch all
#define BOOST_OBSOLETE_COMPILER year
and then set all macros past "year" in suffix.hpp, so if we had
#define BOOST_OBSOLETE_COMPILER 2011
Then set all BOOST_NO_CXX11_* macros and later in suffix.hpp and job done.
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