Intel compilers 16 + gcc 5 incompatilibity
It seems that Intel Compilers 16.0 previous to Update 3 are not compatible with gcc 5. Given that this gcc release is a rather popular one, we might want to add a early build-system check to shield users from the compile-time errors.
Description of the issue is here: https://software.intel.com/en-us/forums/intel-c-compiler/topic/591174
Update tests for C++11 compiler and standard library
We've started using some more features, so broaden the
range of things for which we check at cmake time.
Also made an explicit error message for older icc that can't handle
newer gcc standard libraries, since this might come up a few times.
#1 Updated by Mark Abraham over 2 years ago
Insulating users from this kind of thing is one of the reasons we already check that the standard library works, after we check that the C++ compiler works. (But we can probably find some new things to go in that test.) I imagine it catches this case. (I remember noting that icc 17 worked with gcc 5 when I installed it some time...)
We don't really have a way to tell the version of gcc from which the user is getting the stdlib, so the only thing I can suggest is that when that test fails with icc before 16.0.3, we recommend 16.0.3+, or to use their icc with an earlier version of gcc (but still 4.8.1+)