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From: Vladimir Prus (ghost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-09-07 05:39:03

Thorsten Ottosen wrote:
> "Toon Knapen" <toon.knapen_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> | Vladimir Prus wrote:
> | > I'd think that header should only include standard headers, not the
> | > application's headers.
> |
> | I understand that PCH support is not easy but if it is available, it
> | should also be able to use precompiled headers for non-system headers
> | (i.e. application headers) IMO.
> some compilers only support one pch-file.

But that does not prevent using application headers. You can have one
super-include which includes both STL headers and application headers.

> | > Another danger is that if all translation units include the central
> | > header, which grabs <vector>, <map>, <algorithm> and the like, then the
> | > programmers might forget to add those include to translation units
> | > themself, so with "USE_PCH" undefined there will be compile errors.
> | > Seems not good for cross-platform programming.
> |
> | I also wondered about this so I'm keen to know the answer too.
> is this really a problem?

I don't have practical experience, but I believe that all files in my project
start to indirectly include BGL headers, the performance on compilers without
PCH will be very poor.

> | The problem is still that translation unit
> |
> | > which uses std::vector without include <vector> will compile fine with
> | > PCH, but won't compile elsewhere.
> |
> | Anyway, to benefit from PCH, it is best to make a giant header which
> | includes all headers IIUC (as read in C++ templates of Vandevoorde and
> | Josuttis). Because a including the same headers but in a different order
> | results in a different compiler-state.
> I would hope these two headers could be added to boost:
> /boost/std.hpp
> /boost/boost.hpp
> the latter should include the former.
> and then we should have macros like
> I suggest we start investigating how pch can be used from the command line
> from all the compilers. I can help with comeau and vc7.1 at least. We just
> needs a person in charge of the whole operation..

I think that thanks to another user, I more or less understand 7.1. Help with
Comeau will be appreciated. And I can act as the person in charge ;-)

- Volodya


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