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Upgrade guide v2.1 => v2.2

In the start of 2020, after a year of listening to user feedback since entering Boost, Outcome v2.2 was published with a number of breaking source changes from Outcome v2.1 The full year of 2020 (three Boost releases) was given to announcing those upcoming changes, and testing the v2.2 branch in production. In late December 2020, Outcome v2.2 became the default Outcome, and all Outcome v2.1 code shall need to be upgraded to work with v2.2.

To upgrade an Outcome v2.1 based codebase to Outcome v2.2 is very easy:

  1. You will need a tool capable of finding regular expressions in all source files in a directory tree and replacing them – most IDEs such as Visual Studio have such a tool with GUI, on POSIX a shell script such as this ought to work:

    find /path/to/project -type f -name "*.hpp" | xargs sed -i "s/_TRY\(([^(]*?),(.*?)\);/_TRY((auto &&, \1),\2);/g"
    find /path/to/project -type f -name "*.cpp" | xargs sed -i "s/_TRY\(([^(]*?),(.*?)\);/_TRY((auto &&, \1),\2);/g"
    find /path/to/project -type f -name "*.hpp" | xargs sed -i "s/_TRY\(([^(]*?)\);/_TRYV2(auto &&, \1);/g"
    find /path/to/project -type f -name "*.cpp" | xargs sed -i "s/_TRY\(([^(]*?)\);/_TRYV2(auto &&, \1);/g"

    The transformation needed are the regular expressions _TRY\(([^(]*?),(.*?)\); => _TRY((auto &&, \1),\2); and TRY\(([^(]*?)\); => _TRYV2(auto &&, \1);. This is because in Outcome v2.2 onwards, BOOST_OUTCOME_TRY(var, expr) no longer implicitly declares the variable created as auto&& on your behalf, now you must specify the storage of the variable. It also declares the internal uniquely named temporary as a value rather than as a reference, the initial brackets overrides this to force the use of a rvalue reference for the internal uniquely named temporary instead.

    This makes use of Outcome’s new TRY syntax to tell the TRY operation to use references rather than values for the internal uniquely named temporary, thus avoiding any copies and moves. The only way to override the storage of the internal uniquely named temporary for non-value outputting TRY is via the new BOOST_OUTCOME_TRYV2() which takes the storage specifier you desire as its first parameter.

    The principle advantage of this change is that you can now assign to existing variables the successful results of expressions, instead of being forced to TRY into a new variable, and move that variable into the destination you intended. Also, because you can now specify storage, you can now assign the result of a TRYied operation into static or thread local storage.

  2. The find regex and replace rule above is to preserve exact semantics with Outcome v2.1 whereby the internal uniquely named temporary and the variable for the value are both rvalue references. If you’re feeling like more work, it is safer if you convert as many BOOST_OUTCOME_TRY((auto &&, v), expr) to BOOST_OUTCOME_TRY(auto &&v, expr) as possible. This will mean that TRY ‘consumes’ expr i.e. moves it into the internal uniquely named temporary, if expr is an rvalue reference. Usually this does not affect existing code, but occasionally it can, generally a bit of code reordering will fix it.

  3. If your code uses the ADL discovered event hooks to intercept when basic_result and basic_outcome is constructed, copies or moved, you will need to either define the macro BOOST_OUTCOME_ENABLE_LEGACY_SUPPORT_FOR to less than 220 to enable emulation, or upgrade the code to use the new mechanism.

    The hooks themselves have identical signature, only the name and location has changed. Therefore upgrade is usually a case of copy-pasting the hook implementation into a custom NoValuePolicy implementation, and changing the ADL free function’s name from hook_* to on_*.

    You are recommended to upgrade if possible, as the ADL discovered hooks were found in real world code usage to be brittle and surprising.

  4. Any usage of CamelCase named concepts from Outcome must be replaced with snake_case named concepts instead:

    • concepts::ValueOrError<T> => concepts::value_or_error<T>
    • concepts::ValueOrNone<T> => concepts::value_or_none<T>

    The CamelCase naming is aliased to the snake_case naming if the macro BOOST_OUTCOME_ENABLE_LEGACY_SUPPORT_FOR is defined to less than 220. Nevertheless you ought to upgrade here is possible, as due to a late change in C++ 20 all standard concepts are now snake_case named.

  5. Finally, despite that Outcome does not currently offer a stable ABI guarantee (hoped to begin in 2022), v2.1 had a stable storage layout for basic_result and basic_outcome. In v2.2 that storage layout has changed, so the ABIs generated by use of v2.1 and v2.2 are incompatible i.e. you will need to recompile everything using Outcome after you upgrade to v2.2.

Last revised: February 23, 2021 at 17:37:27 UTC

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