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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] [BOOST]BOOST_AUTO_TEST_CASE_TEMPLATE vs BOOST_AUTO_TEST_CASE
From: Richard (legalize+jeeves_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-12-29 02:45:26
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>Why is the behaviour different in these 2 scenarios? How is Boost able
>to differenciate between the 2 test cases in Scenario1?
The difference is that non-template test cases are generated
statically with unique names that cannot violate the one-definition
When you use BOOST_AUTO_TEST_CASE in multiple translation units inside
the same test suite (which is really just a glorified namespace),
the test cases must have unique names in order to not violate the one
When you use BOOST_AUTO_TEST_CASE_TEMPLATE, you get a uniquely named
static instance of a class whose constructor registers the dynamically
generated test cases for each of the template arguments.
The same templatized code appears in each translation unit, but C++
allows the linker to discard all but one of the multiple instantiations
of the same template.
In order to provide this explanation, what I did was to take your
template example code and expand the BOOST_AUTO_TEST_CASE_TEMPLATE
macro until it was resolved down into actual code.
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