Drop the K&R requirement from binutils?

ross.alexander@uk.neceur.com ross.alexander@uk.neceur.com
Tue Aug 20 09:19:00 GMT 2002


> There are two different issues here.  The languages that gcc can compile,
> and the language that gcc is written in.  I was commenting on the former
one.
> You are talking about the latter one.  Yes, gcc 3.3 is supposed to be
written
> in a subset of ISO C90 that is compilable by a K&R C compiler, but gcc
3.3
> will itself not support K&R C as an input language.

Does this mean gcc 3.3 will not be able to bootstrap itself, or simply
that their are specific language constructions within K&R which will
become invalid?

As for the general binutils argument, are there any environments where
gcc will not work with the native build tools even though these tools
are adequate enough for gcc to be built in the first place?

Just kind of curious,

Ross

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                      Jim Wilson                                                                                                   
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>This is not my understanding of the GCC SC decision.

There are two different issues here.  The languages that gcc can compile,
and the language that gcc is written in.  I was commenting on the former
one.
You are talking about the latter one.  Yes, gcc 3.3 is supposed to be
written
in a subset of ISO C90 that is compilable by a K&R C compiler, but gcc 3.3
will itself not support K&R C as an input language.

Jim







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