Drop the K&R requirement from binutils?

Andrew Cagney ac131313@ges.redhat.com
Sat Aug 17 19:32:00 GMT 2002

> Jim Wilson <wilson@redhat.com> writes:
>> Only a very small and very vocal minority of gcc developers believe that
>> continuing to require K&R C for gcc serves any useful purpose.  At the
>> moment, this minority is enough to paralyze the gcc decision making process.
>> It would help move things along if binutils switched to ISO C90, as then
>> there would be less of a reason for gcc to continue using K&R C.
> I've always sort of felt that since gcc is the much larger project,
> the binutils should wait to switch to ISO C90 until gcc switches.

Is it reasonable to delay BINUTILS conversion when it serves no useful 
purpose other than to pacify a very small but very vocal minority of GCC 

GDB, for instance, gave up waiting three years ago.  Hmm, yes, now that 
is scary! It's over three years since GDB abandoned K&R C.


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