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Re: upgrading GCC 4.1 branch
On Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 01:33:57AM -0500, der Mouse wrote:
> > We could also write a new C frontend for LLVM without too much
> > trouble. The major problem is C++ frontends.
> What do we have that needs C++? I know I've seen it run in
> builds-of-the-world, but it's awfully tedious to winkle out everything
> it's used for - aside from C++ support itself (libstdc++ et al), the
> first thing I see is groff....
In base? groff is the biggest issue, because it's big and messy and
sane people don't want to go near it. There are a few other things
though, e.g. atf, and also apparently bits of openssl, wpa_supplicant,
But realistically there are enough C++ things in pkgsrc that if
there's no C++ compiler in base, there will always be one installed in
/usr/pkg, which doesn't seem like much of an improvement.
Convincing the world to migrate onward from C++ is an option too, in
the long run, but that requires first inventing a credible migration
David A. Holland
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