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Re: [RFC] Let's kill specs, completely rewrite gcc.c

On Sun, Jan 07, 2001 at 01:02:14PM -0800, Per Bothner wrote:
> "Joseph S. Myers" <> writes:
> > Would this also include a cleanup of the argument parsing in toplev.c and
> > lang_decode_option?
> Can we separate out the table of options from gcc.c and place it
> in a separate file so toplev.c etc could use it?  This file might also
> include some of the utility routines, like the function that does a
> binary search on an option name.

Wow.  I thought I was the only one who had strange ideas for options
handling.  I should have spoken up before.  :-)

In the course of writing up a patch for -print-flags, and trying to make
the lang-specific flags available for printing, I discovered too much
duplication of code amongst the front ends.  I started drawing up a more
generic method involving hashing, and I think it would have made the code
smaller and much faster, but would have involved non-trivial rewrites in
all the front ends.  So I left it and moved on to things I /could/ improve.

Redoing the options handling would be an itch I'd love to help scratch.
(In general, changing the top-level front-end files like gcc.c and toplev.c,
to make adding new front-ends easier, is something I'd be quite interested
in but wouldn't be able to do alone.)


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