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Re: is it time to mass change from .c to .cc in gcc/ ?

On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 10:09:14AM +0200, Richard Biener wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:09 AM, Trevor Saunders <> wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 10:46:19AM +0200, Richard Biener wrote:
> >> On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 7:20 AM, Trevor Saunders <> wrote:
> >> > Hi!
> >> >
> >> > To be clear I only want to talk about gcc/**/*.c but *not* testsuite/
> >> >
> >> > The Question of changing from .c to a more standard C++ file extension
> >> > has come up a couple times.  I believe its reasonable accurate to say
> >> > the consensus is moderately in favor of doing this at some point.  The
> >> > biggest concern was of course being able to access pre rename history
> >> > easily.  I know git will either handle this by default or with an option
> >> > depending on the command, and svn claims it can handle renames so we
> >> > should be good on that front.  The other question was if we should wait
> >> > to do this at the same time as a reorganization of directory structure.
> >> > That was back in august 2013, about a year and a half ago, and we
> >> > haven't done it or really moved forward with a plan to do it.  It seems
> >> > to me that if we do this part now we can then deal with moving files
> >> > into directories later piece by piece and not need to move everything at
> >> > once.  If we want to go ahead with renaming we should pick a time, I
> >> > think some people have advanced the idea of doing it just after a
> >> > branch, on the other hand last year we held off on the big gimple
> >> > refactoring until after the branch had released a .1.
> >> >
> >> > thoughts?
> >>
> >> I see no value in doing this but making branch maintainance awkward.
> >
> > I think its mostly valuable to cause less confusion of new people, and
> > though it is a simpler thing every little thing can be the thing that
> > breaks the cammel's back.
> I don't buy this kind of argument given that the switch to C++ has
> complicated things instead of simplifying them.

personally I think C++ has made gcc substantially easier to understand,
but that oppinion could be biased by all sorts of things.  IN any case
I'd be interested to know what's more complicated so I might try and fix
them, but that's pretty off topic.

> > Yes its not all that hard to configure
> > editors and what not to handle it properly, but every new person needs
> > to do it, and looking up configuration options takes time that can more
> > profitably be spent.
> >
> > That said keeping backports as easy as possible is also certainly
> > important.  I'm curious why renames hurt doing backports, I'm pretty
> > confident git cherry-pick will handle it for you, and if you like patch
> > files for some reason I'd think its easy to fix up with sed though
> > running that for each backport by hand would get a little old.
> So if git can simplify the issues then the appropriate time to do this
> mass rename is when we switch to git.

fair enough, that's an issue I personally care about much more.  However
I was reminded of this one, and it would be easy enough to do so figured
I'd ask.


> Richard.
> >
> > Trev
> >
> >>
> >> Richard.
> >>
> >> > Trev

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