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Re: PATCH: Support for Pascal strings -- Take 2
- To: Ziemowit Laski <zlaski at apple dot com>
- Subject: Re: PATCH: Support for Pascal strings -- Take 2
- From: Mark Mitchell <mark at codesourcery dot com>
- Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 10:34:51 -0700
- cc: "gcc-patches at gcc dot gnu dot org" <gcc-patches at gcc dot gnu dot org>
--On Monday, July 02, 2001 10:34:18 AM -0700 Ziemowit Laski
> 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CodeSourcery, LLC http://www.codesourcery.com