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Re: [using gcc book] ch5.6 referring to a type with typeof


Chris Devers <cdevers@pobox.com> writes:

> On Mon, 25 Aug 2003, Zack Weinberg wrote:
>
>> The new declaration syntax never got designed, and no one currently
>> has any intention of designing any such thing.  We are now a lot
>> more cautious about accepting extensions to the C language than we
>> were when this part of the manual was originally drafted.  So I
>> would strike out all discussion of that.
>
> Here, or everywhere?

I meant just here.

> I'm not familiar the details of with how GCC has evolved over the years,
> but a lot of the book has these statements to the effect of "eventually
> the plan is to..." or "sooner or later GCC will no longer...".
>
> Short of a very thorough crash course in the current GCC status quo, I
> can't know if such statements are currently valid.
>
> Would it be prudent to seek out some or all examples of these future
> looking statements & put them on the list for review? I'm thinking that
> this would be a very large amount of material to examine.

It may well be a lot of material.  However, I think it would be a good
idea.  A lot of those statements are quite old.

> The first sentence is a run-on though, and hard to follow.  (For that
> matter, so was my version, now that I re-read it.)
>
>     Names that start with underscores are used for the local
>     variables. This reduces the risk of conflict with variable
>     names occurring in the expressions substituted for 'a' and
>     'b'. There is no way to eliminate this risk entirely, but
>     it can be avoided in practice by sticking to such a naming
>     convention.
>
> Does it still gets the point across this way?

That sounds good to me.

zw


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