Subject: Re: main return...
To: Waldi Ravens <email@example.com>
From: Scott Reynolds <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/24/1996 01:27:03
On Sat, 23 Mar 1996, Waldi Ravens wrote:
> > I'd rather not have it *reject* void main, because so much code uses it,
> That's what the -traditional switch is for. It causes gcc to compile
> almost any random text with the word "main" in it. :-)
Aren't we getting a wee bit overboard here? What about all the otherwise
useful software out there that won't compile with this change? The cost
of a lot of screaming users[*] couldn't possibly be outweighed by the
I understand the purists' desire, but I think we need to step back, take
a deep breath, and weigh the practicality of a small but far-reaching
change like this.
[*] users who, in fact, would miss the announcement of this change,
overlook it in the FAQ (or be oblivious that the FAQ exists), and post
questions about it every 2 months and make us all rehash it ad nauseum...
it's bad enough when we correct actual problems (witness