ACE Version 5.2 Release Notes

Riverace Corporation

December 5, 2001

This document describes the additions, changes, and fixes which were made to ADAPTIVE Communication Environment (ACE) for version 5.2.

ACE is Open Source software, and the source kit is freely available from the following locations:

Pre-built, natively installable kits are available for a number of popular platforms at the Riverace Kit Store,

ACE is discussed in the following forums:


New Features in Version 5.2

Ability to Cancel Pending Reactor Event Notifications

Edan Ayal contributed the idea and implementation for a new features which allows an ACE_Event_Handler object's pending Reactor notifications to be cancelled. To cancel notifications, call: ACE_Reactor::purge_pending_notifications (ACE_Event_Handler *). The ACE_Event_Handler class was also extended to automatically call this function as part of its destructor if it has a ACE_Reactor pointer set.

Note that this functionality does not have any affect on the ACE_Select_Reactor (or any class derived from it, such as ACE_TP_Reactor) unless the config option ACE_HAS_REACTOR_NOTIFICATION_QUEUE is enabled. This restriction does not apply to ACE_WFMO_Reactor or any class derived from it.

Support for Visual Age C++ 5 on AIX 4.3.3+ and AIX 5L

ACE has been enhanced to work properly with the Visual Age C++ version 5 compiler, in both batch (command line) and incremental (IDE) mode. Riverace supports ACE 5.2 on AIX 4.3.3 and higher, as well as AIX 5L version 5.1 with Visual Age C++ 5. Riverace also support ACE 5.2 on AIX 4.3.3 with the IBM C/C++ 3.6.6 compiler. To unify the configuration procedure for these platforms, there is a common platform_macros.GNU file named platform_aix_ibm.GNU which replaces all previous files used for AIX 4.3 and higher with all IBM-supplied compilers.

Support for gcc on AIX has been withdrawn by Riverace due to excessive compiler problems. Support for gcc version 3.0.1 (or higher) on AIX may be added at a later time.

Support for gcc 3

ACE has been enhanced to allow building it with gcc 3.0.1. gcc 3.0 exhibited some problems compiling ACE+TAO with optimizations enabled. gcc 3.0.1 fixes these problems.

Support for Redhat Linux 7 and 7.1

ACE has been ported to Redhat Linux 7 and 7.1. Riverace now supports ACE 5.2 on Redhat Linux 6.1, 7, and 7.1.

Support for Borland C++Builder 5

ACE has been ported to Windows NT, 2000 with Borland's C++Builder 5. Christopher Kohlhoff led the effort for this port. Riverace supports ACE 5.2 on this platform.

Support for Unixware 7.1

Phil Mesnier submitted changes to allow ACE to work on Unixware 7.1 using gcc 2.95.2. Please see the ACE-INSTALL.html file for specific information regarding this environment.

Support for Solaris 8

ACE now works correctly on Solaris 8. It has been tested with the Sun Workshop 5 and Forte 6 compilers, as well as gcc 2.95.2 and 3.0.

Support for Mac OS X

A number of people in the ACE user community contributed work towards getting ACE ported to Mac OS X. The most prominent contributors are John Heitmann and John Michael Zorko. Not everything is working perfectly yet, but with a little more help from the community Mac OS X can become a first-class ACE platform. If you are interested in having Riverace add Mac OS X to the supported platforms list, please contact Steve Huston.

Memory-Stream I/O Classes

Nanbor Wang added a set of classes that implement a byte stream IPC mechanism over shared memory. These classes can be used for very efficient IPC between processes on the same host. Please see the MEM_Stream_Test test program and the man pages for ACE_MEM_Stream, ACE_MEM_Acceptor and ACE_MEM_Connector.

Directory Reading Emulation for Win32

Michael Kircher contributed ACE_OS wrapper emulations to enable the ACE_OS::opendir, ACE_OS::readdir and ACE_OS::closedir functions to work on Win32 platforms. This allows the ACE_Dirent class to work as well.

Utility to Help Generate Export/Import Clauses

When building DLLs on Win32, care must be taken to properly use the import and export specifications for the library entrypoints. ACE now provides a Perl script in bin/ that can be used to generate the necessary header file for any project. Instructions for its use are included in the script.

ACE_Logging_Strategy Can Limit Log File Sizes

Jerry D. De Master contributed additions to the Logging Strategy so it can be used to limit log file size at any logging point (i.e., application, client logging daemon, or server logging daemon) by specifying the -i sample_interval_in_secs and -m max_size_in_KB options for the Logging_Strategy class in a svc.conf file.

SSL Wrapper Classes

Ossama Othman added a set of IPC wrappers encapsulating the OpenSSL SSL socket functions into IPC stream classes that can be interchanged with other IPC classes in ACE. These wrappers are in the ace/SSL directory and are built when the ssl=1 option is specified on the make command or in your platform_macros.GNU file.

There are examples of the new classes' usage in examples/IPC_SAP/SSL_SAP. For more information on the SSL facility, please see docs/ACE-SSL.html.

Please note that due to a limitation in OpenSSL (not ACE's SSL wrappers) an SSL connection cannot be operated on simultaneously by multiple threads.

These wrappers are officially experimental and may change in future releases of ACE.

Reliable Multicast Classes

Carlos O'Ryan contributed a simple, small-scale, reliable multicast protocol for ACE. It is located in the ace/RMCast directory and its tests are in the tests/RMCast directory.


ACE_High_Res_Timer::gettimeofday_hr() is a new function that returns the current time in a ACE_Time_Value object using the high-resolution time source. This is intended to be used as the time retrieval function for the ACE timer queues. Be sure to call ACE_High_Res_Timer::global_scale_factor() (or instantiate a ACE_High_Res_Timer object) before using it to correctly convert the timer count to a ACE_Time_Value.

Two tests were modified to show how to use this new function. tests/Timer_Queue_Test.cpp has an added test for using ACE_Timer_Heap with high-resolution timer as the time source. tests/Reactor_Timer_Test.cpp has an added option to run the test using ACE_High_Res_Timer::gettimeofday_hr instead of the ACE_OS::gettimeofday time retrieval. If any option is given to the program it uses high-res, otherwise it uses ACE_OS::gettimeofday.

New Logging Backends

Carlos O'Ryan broke the dependency of ACE_Log_Msg on the IPC wrapper facades by separating the logging backend into a new class based on the virtual ACE_Log_Msg_Backend class. The original IPC-based logging backend is still available for forwarding log messages to logging servers. There are also 2 new classes, ACE_Log_Msg_NT_Event_Log and ACE_Log_Msg_UNIX_Syslog. These new backends cause log records to be sent to the NT Event Log or the UNIX facility, respectively. They are enabled by including the ACE_Log_Msg::SYSLOG value in the flags argument to ACE_Log_Msg::open().


Johnny Tucker contributed a new set of classes that implement support for a reference-counted auto_ptr.

New ACE_Log_Msg Format Specifiers

The format specifiers for ACE_Log_Msg::log() have been extended for wide character support. For characters and strings, the format options are now: %c (print out an ansi character), %C (print out an ansi string), %s (print out an ACE_TCHAR * string), %w (print out a wide character), %W (print out a wide string).

ACE_OS::shutdown() Has Definitions to Replace Magic Numbers

The second parameter to ACE_OS::shutdown() is usually a decimal value to specify which end(s) of a socket to shut down. Thanks to Mike Curtis, ACE now defines ACE_SHUTDOWN_READ, ACE_SHUTDOWN_WRITE, and ACE_SHUTDOWN_BOTH to make use of this method more explanatory.

ACE_Bounded_Cached_Connect_Strategy Class

Kirthika Parameswaran, Edan Ayal, and Susan Liebeskind all contributed to development of a new strategy class, ACE_Bounded_Cached_Connect_Strategy, which provides a bound on the cache which is checked before creating new handlers.

New Make option, stdcpplib

There is a new option for ACE's make scheme. stdcpplib can be specified either in the platform_macros.GNU file or on the command line. It defaults to 1 (enabled) on compilers/platforms that support the standard C++ library. These include Sun Workshop 5 and Forte 6, HP aC++ x.27 and higher, AIX Visual Age C++ 5. Note that if stdcpplib is enabled, the ACE_IOStream class template is disabled. This restriction will be lifted in a future version of ACE.

New Reactor Method, resumable_handler()

Balachandran Natarajan added a new method, ACE_Reactor::resumable_handler(). This indicates whether the application can explicitly resume handlers or not. Not all reactors allow this feature.

Directory Scanning

Rich Newman contributed support for the addition of ACE_OS_Dirent::scandir() which makes it possible to selectively pick which files in a directory to iterate over. This is used to support a new wrapper facade in ACE_Dirent_Selector that encapsulates the scandir functionality.

New Wrapper ACE::select()

Doug Schmidt added a new wrapper method for ACE_OS::select() that uses ACE_Handle_Set pointers rather than fd_set pointers. This was motivated by work Steve Huston and Doug did on ``C++ Network Programming: Resolving Complexity with ACE and Patterns.'' That book explains this wrappers motivation and usage.

ACE_Intrusive_List and ACE_Intrusive_List_Node Classes

Carlos O'Ryan contributed new classes to implement intrusive lists. That is, lists that assume their elements implement the next() and prev() methods. ACE_Intrusive_List is the list class. ACE_Intrusive_List_Node is a helper class that adds the requirements of ACE_Intrusive_List to any other class.

New send_n() Method

Doug Schmidt added a new send_n() method to the ACE_SOCK_Stream and ACE_FILE_IO classes that sends a chain of ACE_Message_Block objects using the underlying OS gather-write operation to reduce the domain-crossing penalty.

Ability to Portably Pass Handles to Spawned Process

Thanks to ideas and code pointers from Eamonn Saunders, Steve Huston added a set of new ACE_Process_Options methods to encapsulate passing handles to spawned processes. Motivation of this facility and an example of its use is in C++ Network Programming, Volume 1: Mastering Complexit With ACE and Patterns.

Example Code from C++ Network Programming Book

The source code for the logging server and client examples in C++ Network Programming, Volume 1: Mastering Complexity with ACE and Patterns is now included in the examples/C++NPv1 directory.

ACE_Strong_Bound_Ptr and ACE_Weak_Bound_Ptr

Christopher Kohlhoff contributed a pair of new classes for reference-counted pointers. ACE_Strong_Bound_Ptr implements support for a reference counted pointer. Assigning or copying instances of an ACE_Strong_Bound_Ptr will automatically increment the reference count of the underlying object. When the last instance of an ACE_Strong_Bound_Ptr that references a particular object is destroyed or overwritten, it will invoke delete on its underlying pointer.

ACE_Weak_Bound_Ptr implements support for a weak pointer that complements ACE_Strong_Bound_Ptr. Unlike ACE_Strong_Bound_Ptr, assigning or copying instances of a ACE_Weak_Bound_Ptr object will not automatically increment the reference count of the underlying object. What ACE_Weak_Bound_Ptr does is preserve the knowledge that the object is in fact reference counted, and thus provides an alternative to raw pointers where non-ownership associations must be maintained. When the last instance of an ACE_Strong_Bound_Ptr object that references a particular object is destroyed or overwritten, the corresponding ACE_Weak_Bound_Ptr instances are set to 0.

Problems Fixed in Version 5.2

A large number of problems were fixed for version 5.2. The more visible ones are described in this section. A complete list of changes and fixes is available in the ChangeLog file in the ACE source kit. For updated lists of bug reports and fixes, please see the ACE Bugzilla page.

Timer Queue Frequent Schedule/Cancel Results in Confused Queue

A problem which previously manifested itself as intermittent failures in the Timer_Queue_Test and MT_Reactor_Timer_Test has been fixed.

Race Condition in ACE_Reactor::register_handler

There was a very subtle bug in all versions of ACE_Reactor::register_handler. The problem was that once the event handler has been successfully registered with the Reactor, it is available for processing events. In the problem case, input arrived from the client, the handler handled it, and promptly closed down. All this happened in another thread running the Reactor event loop, before the handler's reactor pointer had been set. By the time the reactor tried to set the handler's reactor pointer, event handler had packed up and gone home. Thanks to Irfan Pyarali for this fix.

ACE::send_n_i() Performance Problem Fixed

Previously, if a ACE::send_n_i() call to send() failed with EWOULDBLOCK, the method continually retried the send until it worked, causing a large CPU usage spike. Now the method waits for the handle to become writeable again before retrying the send. Thanks to Edan Ayal for reporting this.

ACE_WFMO_Reactor Now Correctly Recalls Handler if it Returns 1

The ACE_WFMO_Reactor class has been fixed to correctly redo the upcall for an event handler callback method that returns 1.


There have been a large number of functionality and memory leak fixes made to the ACE_Configuration class.

ACE_Select_Reactor Now Works With Large Descriptor Sets

Hakon Innerdal submitted a number of fixes to allow the Reactor to support file descriptors numbering more than FD_SETSIZE on platforms that support them (e.g. via setrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE, ...)).

ACE_POSIX_Proactor Framework

Alex Libman contributed a large number of fixes and improvements to the POSIX async I/O proactor framework for both POSIX and Solaris environments.

Note, even with these very important improvements to ACE, some platforms' AIO implementations exhibit troublesome behavior. If you are considering a multiplatform system using asynchronous I/O, please consult Riverace for guidance.

ACE_OS::rename Behavior Now Same Across UNIX and WinNT/2000

In previous ACE releases, the behavior of ACE_OS::rename() when the destination file existed was different - on UNIX/POSIX, the destination file was replaced, while on NT/2000 the operation failed. This has been remedied. The destination file is always replaced now. If you desire the rename to fail in this case, there is a 3rd, defaulted, argument to the method that allows passing in modifier flags to alter the behavior. Supplying any flags value that does not include MOVEFILE_REPLACE_EXISTING will cause the rename to fail as in previous releases.

ACE_Future::set Race Fixed

On calls to ACE_Future::set() from multiple threads, only one will notify waiters. Thanks to Joseph Weihs for this fix.

ACE_TP_Reactor Fixes

A number of fixes and improvements were made to the ACE_TP_Reactor class to improve its performance and behavioral consistency. The ACE_TP_Reactor will now dispatch one event when the leader thread is woken up (a timer, notify, or I/O event). Note that this improvement removes an implicit thread synchronization that existed in previous versions of ACE_TP_Reactor. For example, previous versions implicitly guaranteed that a timer expiration and an I/O event would not be dispatched simultaneously for the same handler in different threads. That simultaneous behavior is now possible.

ACE_Service_Repository::remove() is Reentrant

Martin Krumpolec contributed a fix that makes ACE_Service_Repository::remove() reentrant. This enables the method to be called from another service's fini() method that was called from remove().

ACE_Thread_Manager::spawn_n() Now Records Task

In earlier versions of ACE, the ACE_Thread_Manager::spawn_n method that takes a thread_id array did not take the task pointer. If a user activated a task and requested the thread IDs, the threads would not be marked as belonging to the starting ACE_Task object, which caused them to be unaccounted for in subsequent calls to ACE_Thread_Manager::wait_task. Fixed the problem by adding the task argument to ACE_Thread_Manager::spawn_n() and making sure the task pointer is passed in the ACE_Task::activate() method. Thanks to Mervyn Quah for reporting the bug.

ACE_Process_Manager Deadlocks Fixed

Deadlocks under some conditions on UNIX were fixed by changing the ACE_Process_Manager class to use the ACE_Reactor::notify() capability from the signal handler. This allows the signal handler to notify the reactor (over a pipe) that the signal should be processed. This is done completely without MT locks. If ACE_HAS_REACTOR_NOTIFICATION_QUEUE is defined, ACE_Select_Reactor_Notify::notify_queue_lock_ is now made a recursive mutex.

Thanks to Roger Larsson for contributing these fixes.

ACE_CString, ACE_SString, ACE_WString find() Methods

The find() methods in the ACE string classes were fixed so that if a match is found, they return the index from start of string, not from the passed pos argument. This matches the C++ string standard, which was the model for these classes. Thanks to Glen Osterhout for this fix.

ACE_Process_Mutex Fixed

The ACE_Process_Mutex class was not properly serializing access on all platforms. This has been fixed.

ACE_TP_Reactor Dispatching

Balachandran Natarajan made a number of improvements to ACE_TP_Reactor to more fairly dispatch events across threads in the thread pool and fixed a possible deadlock condition.

ACE_High_Res_Timer Accuracy With Fast Clocks

ACE_High_Res_Timer was fixed to work properly with very fast clocks (> 1GHz). Thank you to Derek Dominish and Alain Decamps for identifying the problem and coming up with a good solution.

Important Changes in Version 5.2

Many Implicitly Included Header Files Must be Explicitly Included

In an effort to further the ACE subsetting effort, a number of inter-layer dependencies have been broken. This did not introduce any API changes; however, some source code that relied on source files being implicitly included at compile time (most notably ace/Log_Msg.h) will not compile at ACE 5.2. To fix this, explicitly include the needed header file(s) in your source code.

Man Pages Not Distributed With Kit

Previous versions of ACE contained the man pages for that release. The man page generation scheme has been vastly improved, and now uses Doxygen, which generates quite a bit more information than the old system did. The man pages are now available on the web - see for pointers.

ACE_Acceptor Now Sets Peer Acceptor to Nonblocking Mode

The implementation of ACE_Acceptor::open() and ACE_Acceptor::accept_svc_handler() were modified so that the peer acceptor's handle is set into nonblocking mode. This is a safeguard against the race condition that can otherwise occur between the time when select() indicates that a passive mode socket handle is ready and when ACE calls accept(). During this interval, the client can shutdown the connection, in which case, the accept() call can hang.

send_n, recv_n Methods Altered To Unify Return Value Meanings

This change affects the ACE_SOCK_Stream, ACE_TLI_Stream and ACE classes. In order to make the return values of the recv_n and send_n methods match the return values of the send and recv methods, the return values were changed to: To properly convey the number of bytes transferred on timeout, error, and EOF conditions, a new, optional argument is added to the end of each function's signature. The argument is size_t *bytes_transferred, and it defaults to 0 (do not return the number of bytes transferred).

Although code that worked with previous ACE releases will compile correctly, it is important to review your usage of these methods to insure that you correctly react to the new return values.

Pharlap Test Projects Moved

To avoid inconveniencing Win32 users without Pharlap, all of the Pharlap configurations in the ACE tests were moved to their own project files in the new tests/pharlap directory.

Improved Unicode Support Required Code Changes

Darrell Brunsch made a Herculean effort to greatly improve the support for wide character and Unicode in ACE. Previous versions of ACE included very non-intuitive support for wide character and Unicode. This change makes it very sensible and straight-forward. However, this involved the following changes that you should be aware of:

Logging Strategy Moved From netsvcs to ACE

The Logging Strategy class has been moved from the netsvcs component into the ACE library to facilitate easier use of its power.

New and Renamed Timer Queue Accessor in ACE_Reactor

A new method was added to access the Reactor's timer queue. Also renamed the accessors timer_queue(ACE_Timer_Queue *) and ACE_Timer_Queue *timer_queue() to be more consistent with ACE naming conventions. The old set_timer_queue() method is still available for backwards compatibility, but it is deprecated and will be removed in a future ACE release.

ACE_Configuration Class Exported File Format

The ACE_Configuration class's text import/export functionality was moved to new classes explicitly supporting import/export for both the Win32 registry-like format and a INI format. The ACE_Configuration::import_config and ACE_Configuration::export_config were changed to use the Win32 registry-like file format, and both functions are deprecated in favor of the new classes:

The ACE_Registry_ImpExp class has the ability to read a configuration file exported in ACE 5.1. However, when the configuration is exported, it will be converted to the new Registry export file format.

Config and Macros Files for Linux

The Linux platform's official config.h file is now ace/config-linux.h and the platform_macros.GNU file is include/makeinclude/platform_linux.GNU. The ``lxpthreads'' versions of the config and macros files are deprecated and will be removed. Threads is enabled by default in the new files.

Winsock 2 is Now the Default for Windows

The ACE build now assumes that Winsock 2 is enabled unless the config.h file explicitly disables it by defining ACE_HAS_WINSOCK2 to be 0. This will affect users on Windows 95. Windows 95 users must either install Winsock 2 (available at no charge from Microsoft) or disable Winsock 2 before building ACE.

ACE::timestamp() New Argument

Michael Searles contributed fixes to ACE::timestamp() so it works identically on all platforms. Also, a 3rd (optional) argument was added. The argument is return_pointer_to_first_digit. If it is 0 (the default), the method returns a pointer to the space before the time, else it returns a pointer to the beginning of the time portion.

Also, the ACE::timestamp() method now also returns a string with the date that also contains the year. Thank to Nicoletta Viale for reporting this.

Tokens Functionality No Longer Built by Default

The ACE_Token_Collection, ACE_Mutex_Invariants, ACE_RWLock_Invariants, ACE_Token_Invariant_Manager, ACE_Token_Manager, ACE_Local_Mutex, ACE_Local_RLock, ACE_Local_WLock, ACE_Remote_Mutex, ACE_Remote_RLock, ACE_Remote_WLock and ACE_TSS_Connection classes are no longer built by default when ACE is built. The classes are not widely used, so were moved aside to save space. To build them into ACE, add #define ACE_HAS_TOKENS_LIBRARY to your config.h file before building ACE.

Additionally, the token server functionality in the netsvcs component are also not built unless ACE_HAS_TOKENS_LIBRARY is defined.

Library Name Changes on AIX

In previous versions of ACE, shared libraries were built with a ``shr'' suffix. Library naming has been changed to be consistent with IBM guidelines and practice. Shared libraries built using ACE's configuration files will now be built into a shared object file name shr.o and then included into an archive file. Thus, the shared library name of the main ACE library is libACE.a. Nonshared (archive) libraries are named with a ``_ns'' suffix (e.g., libACEns.a).


There is a new configuration macro available for config.h. If ACE_NO_WIN32_LEAN_AND_MEAN is set, ACE will not define WIN32_LEAN_AND_MEAN before including windows.h. This is needed for code that makes use of non-lean things, such as COM, that only get included when WIN32_LEAN_AND_MEAN is not defined.

ACE_Timer_Heap Timer IDs

The ACE_Timer_Heap class's free IDs list was changed from a stack to a round-robin list. Newly-allocated IDs keep increasing til there aren't any more, then wrap around to the lowest numbered free ID and start again. This is a ease-of-use improvement to help applications catch their timer-related errors easier, which is apparantly important, especially in multi-threaded applications. ACE_Timer_Heap is the most common timer mechanism used in ACE.

New Parameter on ACE_Reverse_Lock Constructor

A new parameter was added to the constructor of the ACE_Reverse_Lock class. The ACE_ACQUIRE_METHOD parameter is used to indicate which acquire() method will be called on the real lock when the release() method is called on the reverse lock. REGULAR indicates the acquire() method, READ indicates the acquire_read() method, and WRITE indicates the acquire_write() method. Note that the try_*() methods are not represented here because we have to make sure that the release() method on the reverse lock acquires a lock on the real lock.

Thanks to Edan Ayal for suggesting this.

Complete Format Conversions in ACE_Log_Msg

The behavior of ACE_Log_Msg::log() was extended so that all printf formatting conversion specifiers can be used with all legal ACE_Log_Msg format characters. This allows the caller to line up columns on any field, like line number or program name, or thread ID. Thanks to Paul Caffrey for motivating this extension.

Service Configurator Now Reentrant and Thread-Safe

Ossama Othman made a series of improvements to the Service Configurator component to make the parser reentrant and thread-safe.

Alignment Guards Added

All ACE header files now include alignment guards. This is especially helpful to Windows developers because they no longer have to be careful to set compiler alignment options to match ACE, or other programs developed with ACE.

Default File and Directory Creation Permissions

The default file and directory permission masks for UNIX were changed from 0666 and 0777 to 0644 and 0755, respectively. This is a security improvement to prevent files and directories getting created with wide write permissions by default.

Known Problems With Version 5.2

The current set of known ACE problems and enhancement requests can always be found at the ACE Bugzilla page. Some more frequently encountered ones are listed here.

Known Test Failures on AIX 4.3 Using IBM C/C++ 3.6.6

The Bound_Ptr_Test fails to compile using IBM C/C++ 3.6.6. This is believed to be a compiler problem. The Refcounted_Auto_Ptr_Test program dumps core; this is a compiler problem as well.

Known Test Failures on AIX 4.3 Using Visual Age C++ 5

The Config_Test fails on AIX 4.3 when built with Visual Age C++ 5. This is due to a compiler problem.

ACE Logging Does Not Work in NT Service-Created Thread

When a new thread is created by Windows NT in response to starting an NT service, the thread has no use of ACE_Log_Msg. Unlike an ACE-started thread, the logging info is not set up in the new thread, and logging has no affect.

To work around this problem, the thread has to explicitly open ACE_Log_Msg before logging anything.

ACE_NT_Service Won't Compile if VC_EXTRALEAN is Defined

If the ace/config.h file defines the Visual C++ macro VC_EXTRALEAN before including ace/config-win32.h, compilation of ACE_NT_Service will fail with an undefined type SERVICE_STATUS_HANDLE. To work around this, do not set VC_EXTRALEAN.

ACE_IOStream Class Does Not Work With Standard iostreams

The ACE_IOStream class template has not been updated to work with standard iostreams implementations. It only works with ``old'' iostreams.

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