Subject: Re: Documentation/languages...
To: Peter Seebach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: John F. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 05/17/1997 22:03:31
> > } Also, does anyone object to C9X alignment when the C9X draft comes
> > } out? Since NetBSD is one of the systems being used to show that
> > I heard a rumour that C9X is going to drop support for K&R style
> > C. Is this true? If so, then I would strongly object.
> Yes, it is. Or rather, it is very likely.
> What does K&R buy you?
Obviously the ability to compile ancient programs without rewriting them.
Spice 3, for example, is about 6MB of K&R code.
The two main questions I would have are how difficult it would become to host
a C70 (:-) compilation system on a NetBSD system (how incompatible would
libraries become from a calling-convention point of view) and whether GCC
will go C9X and whether it will provide a backward compatibility mode if