Drop the K&R requirement from binutils?
Sun Aug 18 07:45:00 GMT 2002
>> 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
[minority within the GCC development community]
> GCC and Binutils have a long tradition of supporting platforms that
> have people behind them. The "small vocal minority" of developers put
> the effort in to maintain support. The rest of us understand (1) the
> importance of providing free tools on those platforms, and (2) the
> desire to let the people willing to do the work affect the direction
> the work goes in.
> GDB, for instance, gave up waiting three years ago.
> GDB is not needed to bootstrap a development environment.
GDB was a trial to determine what would happen if a development tool
switched to ISO C. And what happened? Nothing.
Here is very strong evidence that that anyone wanting to build a current
tool is managing to find a way of doing it. Cross compile, download a
compiler (as with solaris, windows, hpux, ...), use an unbundled
compiler, or even use automake's K&R to ISO converter. Hmm, wasn't all
this pointed out on the GDB list three years ago?
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