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Re: Mention of gcc 4.5 as first version with plugin support


On Mon, 14 Jan 2013, Dave Johansen wrote:
>>>>> +GCC plugin support is available in GCC version 4.5.0 and
>>>>> +later.
>> What's the value of documenting the availability of an unstable API in
>> older versions
>> of GCC?  Mind this documentation is version specific.
>>
>> Richard.
> My point wasn't to encourage people to use 4.5 for plugins, but just
> to state when it became available. I was looking into
> enabling/installing plugin support on RHEL 5/6 and spent several hours
> trying to figure out why it wasn't available only to later find out
> that it wasn't available in gcc 4.4.

I considered this again and again, and while I understand the
unfortunate situation you ran into with the old system compiler
on older versions of your OS, I am tempted to side with Richard
-- and GCC plugins really make (more) sense with reasonably
current versions of GCC, so by identifying GCC 4.5 we might
set wrong expectations.

Gerald


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