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The Boost Statechart Library

Configuration

General configuration
Introduction
Debug mode compilation options
Release mode compilation options
Application Defined Macros
Compiler-specific configuration
Intel 7.0 (Win32, MS Visual Studio 6 std library)

General configuration

Introduction

The library uses several configuration macros in <boost/config.hpp>, as well as two configuration macros meant to be supplied by the application. Moreover, two commonly available compiler options also have an impact on the available features.

Debug mode compilation options

Release mode compilation options

Application Defined Macros

The following macros may be defined by an application using the library:

Macro Meaning
BOOST_STATECHART_USE_NATIVE_RTTI When defined, the library no longer uses its own speed-optimized RTTI implementation. Instead, native C++ RTTI is employed (see RTTI customization in the performance document for more information). This has the following effects:
  • state_machine::state_base_type becomes a polymorphic type. That is, when typeid is applied to a state_machine::state_base_type reference, the result refers to a type_info object representing the the type of the most derived state type
  • Custom state type information is no longer available
  • All states need to store one pointer less, leading to a best-case state machine memory footprint reduction of about 15%
  • Under most circumstances, dispatch speed degrades. This is because native C++ RTTI values are retrieved through an additional indirection on almost all platforms. See Speed versus scalability tradeoffs in the performance document for timings
BOOST_STATECHART_RELAX_TRANSITION_CONTEXT When defined, the sequence of actions that are called during a transition is relaxed. That is, its is no longer necessary that all states up to the innermost common context are exited before the transition action is called (as mandated by the UML standard). Instead, the transition action can be a member of either the transition source or any direct or indirect outer context and is called as soon as all possibly active inner states have been exited. Then all remaining active states up to the innermost common context are exited before entering all states down to the transition destination

Both macros need to be consistently defined or undefined for all translation units that are later linked into the same executable. Not doing so will inevitably lead to ODR violations. Depending on compiler and linker technology such violations may or may not manifest themselves in link-time errors.

Compiler-specific configuration

Intel 7.0 (Win32, MS Visual Studio 6 std library)

By default, this compiler has argument dependent lookup disabled. ADL must be enabled to compile the library without errors. To enable ADL, /Qoption,c,--arg_dep_lookup must be added to the compiler command line. See <boost/config/compiler/intel.hpp> for more information.


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Copyright © 2003-2006 Andreas Huber Dönni

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