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Re: C++ ABI Issues
- From: Jeff Law <law at porcupine dot slc dot redhat dot com>
- To: Benjamin Kosnik <bkoz at redhat dot com>
- Cc: mark at codesourcery dot com, gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 08:35:06 -0600
- Subject: Re: C++ ABI Issues
- Reply-to: law at redhat dot com
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Benjamin Kosnik writes:
>Please, let's not do another release where we have a two week period
>to find bugs. That's insanity. Instead, let's actually have some kind
>of public, check-in-and-GPL'd ABI testsuite g++ users can cling to and
>say, hey! We have an ABI and here's what we are checking.
>If I were king, I'd say, finish up the codesourcery ABI tester. Fix
>all the bugs you find. Then, do a bug-fix ABI release in a year, after
>g++ has successfully shown to be inter-operable with another compiler
>so it actually means something.
This all sounds good to me. Though I'd mention that we should be using
bits from all parties that have been building ABI conformance testsuites,
including Intel, Codesourcery, Red Hat, etc.
If we're going to be serious about ABI compatibility going forward, then
the next step is clearly to have a comprehensive open testsuite for the
ABI and the library APIs.