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Re: [Patch, fortran] Runtime memory leak checking.
On Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 01:14:26PM -0500, Jack Howarth wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 10:09:03AM -0800, Steve Kargl wrote:
> > On Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 12:59:13PM -0500, Jack Howarth wrote:
> > > Paul,
> > > Wouldn't this feature be a useful tool in debugging some of the
> > > existing PRs for gcc 4.4?
> > Yes, of course. But, GCC is in late stage 3. This patch
> > does not fix a regression, bug, or documentation. So, this
> > is not appropriate for 4.4 under GCC rules.
> I only mentioned it because I thought I still saw gdb related patches
> going into gcc recently. As long as this is an optional feature which
> doesn't change the default behavior of the compiler, it would seem to
> be in the same category as gdb related patches.
I don't know the history of the gdb patches. Apparently,
one of the Release Managers approved their inclusion.
The memory leak detection patch does not fix a regression,
a bug, or documentation. It touches a fundamental part
of the compiler (ie., memory management). While Paul and
FX probably have everything hidden behind an option, it
would be foolish to touch this area of the compiler and
possibly cause a major regression this late in stage 3.