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Re: GCC version bikeshedding


On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM, Ed Smith-Rowland <3dw4rd@verizon.net> wrote:
> On 07/31/2014 07:03 PM, Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
>>
>> I believe the GCC project has become too large to be able to usefully
>> speak about breaking compatibility with previous versions.  There are
>> too many different moving parts.  We break compatibility in various
>> minor ways with every release.  We try pretty hard to never break
>> compatibility in a big way.  Historically, as far as I can recall, the
>> GCC major release number has never indicated a compatibility break
>> that was relevant to most users.
>>
> What about bumping the default compiler front end versions to C11 or C++11
> or C++14?  Even for bootstrap?
> There may be some breaking changes that are larger than the usual.

C++ is only one of several languages supported by GCC these days.
Changing the default C++ version will not affect Fortran, Java, or Ada
users.  Or, for that matter, C users.

Ian


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