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Re: PATCH: Support for Pascal strings -- Take 2

--On Monday, July 02, 2001 10:34:18 AM -0700 Ziemowit Laski 
<> wrote:

> On Sunday, July 1, 2001, at 10:57 , Mark Mitchell wrote:
>> I am not in favor on a technical basis.  Too much complication for too
>> little win.
> I'm not sure how one would quantify a "win" in this case. :)

Yeah, it's not very precise. :-)

You're right that GNU Pascal not only existing but being popular would be a 
good argument.  A "win" is a situation where the cost of the extension 
(documentation, maintenance, etc.) is outweighed by the benefits to users, 
as measured by the person juding the winningness. :-)  Here, I see little 
benefit to any user not using Pascal, and there are few of them, except in 
MacOS land, so I'm not keen on the extension.

I am rabid in this way; much of the nastiness of GCC comes from
a billion different little extensions, each harmless on their own, that
add up to a big giant mess.

Note, however, that I am not the Grand Poopah of GCC.  It only takes
one person to approve a change, and there are a bunch of people that
can approve it, so all you have to do is convince one of them.

Mark Mitchell      
CodeSourcery, LLC  

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