[vtkusers] [vtk-developers] Removing support for VS 8 and GCC < 4.1

Berk Geveci berk.geveci at kitware.com
Wed Jun 10 09:24:06 EDT 2015

We could add a logic to check for unsupported or supported compilers. Which
do you folks think would be best? As far as I know, when we drop support
for a particular compiler, it doesn't mean that the compiler can no longer
be used to compile VTK. So if we put a list of supported compilers, we
would say that other compilers may work but are not actively supported and
tested. If we put a list of unsupported compilers, those should be ones we
know do not work... Otherwise the list can get out of hand quickly.

On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 9:16 AM, Casey Goodlett <casey.goodlett at kitware.com>

> I have recently used visual studio 2005 which would be dropped by this.
> Is it possible to add a check in the CMakeLists.txt to provide a warning
> or error if I try to use an unsupported MSVC with VTK 6.3?  That way, if I
> forget about this change, there will be a clear error message instead of
> something broken due to the removed workarounds.
> Apologies if thats already in the patch, and I missed it.
> Thank you
> On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 11:48 AM, Sean McBride <sean at rogue-research.com>
> wrote:
>> On Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:30:48 -0400, David Cole via vtkusers said:
>> >I would go so far as to say it's reasonable that the dev/trunk/master
>> >branch of a project should only support the two most recent stable
>> >compiler releases on any given platform.
>> Once my conservative patch is merged, I'll do another pass looking at
>> what remaining workarounds exist for old compilers/OSes and post it for
>> review/discussion.
>> Cheers,
>> --
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