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gengtype needs for C++?

Hello All,

(With Jeremie Salvucci we are trying to improve a bit gengtype, in
particular w.r.t. plugins & perhaps C++; we will continue to improve soon, taking
into account Paolo's remarks)

I am not a C++ expert, so I am asking: what would be needs of gengtype
w.r.t. C++ datatypes? I am only thinking here of garbage-collected
types, ie GTY-ed types!

Obviously, accepting plain C++ GTY-ed classes (with a single GTY-ed
super-class) is a must (and is probably not that hard). Basically, this
could be almost as simple as accepting class in gengtype everywhere
struct is accepted (but I know it is not that simple; at least the
gengtype parser has to evolve a lot!).

My current intuitions are:

* we don't need to accept any kind of multiple inheritance (for GTY-ed

* I don't know exactly what should be wished with respect to templates.
Tom Tromey (in CC) have a wonderful insight in but I probably did not
understood all the details & the consequences. In particular I don't
understand if the mark method in his example has to be supplied or

What I don't understand is, for GTY-ed template classes, do we really
need to exactly use all the std container, or could we specialize them.
My current feeling is that it would a lot easier for gengtype to require
that GTY-ed vectors would be instantiated from a GCC specific template
class, something like

   template<typename Elemtype> class gty_vector : std::vector<Elemtype> 

and require that, for GTY-ed C++ vectors, we would only accept for
example gty_vector<tree> instead of std::vector<tree> ; but I may be
very wrong!

BTW, I am not supposing that gengtype & ggc will go away with C++ (on
the contrary, I would guess that C++ will make some new useful features
of GGC worthwhile; probably C++ could make almost easy the ability to
add local Ggc-ed pointers, not only static or external ones.).


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