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Re: upgrading GCC 4.1 branch
On Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 02:00:55PM -0500, der Mouse wrote:
> >> What do we have that needs C++?
> > In base? groff is the biggest issue, because it's big and messy and
> > sane people don't want to go near it.
> :-) Is there a publicly available spec for the *roff language? I'd
> like to have a look and at least consider building an implementation in
> C. (When I find my code in tones of trouble, / Friends and colleagues
> come to me, / Speaking words of wisdom: "Write in C".)
You're mad :-)
Also, if you're going to go to the trouble of writing a new
typesetting engine, can you please please please come up with a sane
frontend? I would much rather hand-convert every man page in base
using ed than breathe new life into roff.
> > 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.
> It does to me.
Not if the objection is to license toxicity.
> > Convincing the world to migrate onward from C++ is an option too, in
> > the long run, but that requires first inventing a credible migration
> > path.
> Moving our C++ compiler to pkgsrc might provide a little incentive....
To do what? Design a suitable new language and write a compiler for
it, then try to convince the world it's better than C++? Probably not.
David A. Holland
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