Subject: Re: main return...
To: Waldi Ravens <>
From: Scott Reynolds <>
List: current-users
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 
actual benefit.

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