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Re: RFC: attribute "unpadded"

On 27-Aug-2002, Mark Mitchell <> wrote:
> >What's the advantage *for users* in being able to emulate the C++ ABI in
> >C?
> Good question.
> There is probably little utility for users, but there is utility for tools,
> and for other languages.

That statement seems plausible, but your examples are not very convincing,

> For example, Ada people have talked about laying
> out objects in a C++-compatible way so that objects could be passed back
> and forth between the languages.

I don't see how extending the C front-end to support attribute "unpadded"
would achieve that goal.  Presumably Ada objects are layed out by GNAT,
not C... if the issue is Ada/C++ compatibility, I don't see where C
comes into it.

> People who generate C from their
> object-oriented language compilers and want C++ interoperability also
> would like to make use of this feature.

Wouldn't those people be better off just retargetting their compilers
to generate C++ rather than C?

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