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Re: and STL

> >> On Mon, 21 May 2001, MALETA,MAREK (A-Germany,ex1) wrote:
> >> > Does gcc support STL ?
> >> 
> >> Yes, it supported an old version which you had to install using an extra
> >> package libstdc++ (or was it still part of libg++ back then)?

I wrote:
> > That is incorrect.
> > No, libstdc++ 2.7.2.x did not contain the STL in any form.  There was a
> > port of the SGI STL that worked with gcc 2.7.2.x, sort of (STLport).

Steinar Bang writes:

> I belive this is incorrect.

I was referring only to libstdc++, not libg++.

> I still have gcc- and libg++-2.7.2 installed on a Solaris box,
> under my own home-grown package system.  And here include files like
> eg. <vector>, and <set> shows up as installed with libg++-2.7.2 on
> September 26 1996.
> No STLPort involved.  As far as I can remember this STL implementation
> was based on Stephanov's original HP STL (predecessor of SGI STL?),
> modified to compile with g++. 

I don't remember the full details of its origin Unfortunately, the version
you're referring to was rather limited and had many problems.  Anyone
stuck with g++ 2.7.2.x should use STLport instead.  It's still partly
broken (there's a limit to what you can make g++ 2.7.x compile), but it's
much closer to a full implementation and I did make it work in a serious
application I did in '96 or so.

> Side note/trivia: The <string> class, which is from the Standard C++
> Library rather than STL, was libg++'s own homegrown, refcounting,
> non-thread-safe, implementation of the standard library string, which
> I think is the one that has been with us all the way up to (but not
> including) the libstdc++-v3 library.

Actually, the libstdc++v2 <string> in 2.95.x does have thread-safety on
some architectures (it has atomic updates of the reference count for ia32
and sparc instruction sets, and possibly others).

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