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Re: C++ demangler horrors

On Jul  1, 2003, Daniel Jacobowitz <> wrote:

> You're right.  From my TODO:
>  - all-target-winsup should depend on maybe-all-target-libstdc++-v3 ?

> I'm pretty sure about that, since highly parallel cygwin builds give an
> error now when winsup tries to link to libstdc++.  Someone should fix
> it :)

Please propose the obvious patch to whatever the Cygwin development
mailing list is and if it's approved there, check it in here too ;-)

> Yes.  Libiberty goes through contortions to make this work, I'd rather
> avoid extending those.

So does libstdc++-v3, for C++, and so does H.J.'s demangler
configure.  Eek.  This is getting worse :-)

/me wonders if we could:

1) when libiberty is configured for the build or host machine, just
   check whether a C++ compiler is there, and use the result to decide
   which demangler to build, and that's it.

2) when libiberty is configured for the target, do *not* test for a
   C++ compiler.  Instead, get configure-target-libiberty to depend on
   configure-target-libstdc++-v3 (does this introduce any cycles?),
   and just assume the C++ compiler is good enough to build the
   C++ demangler into libiberty.  We still need some logic for the
   case of a C-only build, but I think this approach might work.

We'd only need some additional logic in libiberty to choose which
demangler to use, but we'd be able to use a single directory, and
build everything in a single pass, the way it should be.

Can anyone see any flaws in this suggestion?

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