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From: JHAYNBERG_at_[hidden]
Date: 2004-07-22 11:13:42

I wanted to use the Boost smart_ptr classes on Solaris 8/Workshop 7 and
RedHat E3/gcc 3.23. So, I downloaded the boost src (and jam and and built the entire package. After seeing many test
failures, I discovered on the regression test page that no compiler
achieves 100% pass rate and some are about 30%. I have 2 questions.

One, in general, how does one know when it is "safe" to use a boost
library on a particular platform? For example, if a platform's failure
rate is 15%, should boost be used?

And, two, with just the boost source (without building any libraries), I
was able to use the boost::shared_ptr in my Solaris application by merely
including the right header. Apparently, I don't need to build boost to
use shared_ptr which leads me to ask, in general, how do one know when a
library is needed (or not needed)? Shouldn't the fact that boost is
mainly templates mean there should be little or no implementation (i.e.
code that needs to be compiled into a library)? For example, many
template libraries are provided as header-only solutions.

Jay Haynberg
Software Engineer

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