[cfe-dev] Current state of libcxx compatibility with libstdc++

David Chisnall via cfe-dev cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Aug 9 09:04:23 PDT 2016

On 9 Aug 2016, at 16:45, Martin J. O'Riordan via cfe-dev <cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> It is usually not even possible to pass Standard C++ objects between libraries that have been built with different versions of the "same" implementation of Standard C++ libraries, as it is not at all unusual for the library implementator to refactor the implementation of the Standard types, with a substantial amount of the implementation residing in the headers.
> The compilers themselves generally go to considerable lengths to ensure that the same code compiled with different versions of the compiler are binary compatible, but the C++ Standard Library headers usually break object compatibility because the code is "not" the same code.
> I haven't checked recently (v3.8 to v3.9), but this is usually the case from one release of CLang's own LibC++ to another.

Binary (backwards) compatibility is most definitely a goal for libc++.  Please file bugs if you find them - any ABI-breaking changes should be behind #ifdefs so that downstream users can enable them on their own timescales.  I believe libstdc++ also tries to provide these guarantees, though they did need some ABI-breaking changes for c++11 compatibility.


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