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Re: Mandates explicit -std=c++XY for c++ projects

On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 08:45:49 +0200, Mathieu Malaterre wrote:

> Dear all,
> Since the GCC 6 release [1], the default mode for C++ is now
> -std=gnu++14 instead of -std=gnu++98. What this means is that upon
> (re)compilation a library written for c++98 will be recompiled using a
> different c++ standard (c++14 in this case), unless of course the
> upstream package explicitly set the -std= flags with the appropriate
> c++ version.
> The ISO committee generally describe the change in between different
> standards [2] and in some case, one can find examples of subtle change
> in behaviors [3] and [4].
> With this mind I'd like to make mandatory the -std=c++XY flags when
> compiling either a c++ library or a stand-alone c++ program:
> 1. Either upstream define the explicit -std=c++XY flags by mean of its
> build system,
> 2. Or the package maintainers needs to explicit change the CXXFLAGS to
> pass the appropriate version of the c++ standard. In which case this
> should be documented in the README.Debian file.
> 3. As a fallback, dh should initialize the CXXFLAGS with -std=gnu++98
It might be useful to explain what problem you think that would fix.
The above sounds to me like a step backwards.

> If there is a consensus on the following change, I'll go ahead and
> also file a bug for lintian to scan the compilation logs in search for
> missing -std=c++ expression when g++ command line are issued.
lintian doesn't scan build logs, it scans source and binary packages.


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