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Re: Don't shoot the messenger

Steven Bosscher <>:
> On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> > I have not run direct checks on the quality of the optimized code, but
> > reports from others that it is improved seem plausible in light of
> > the fact that GCC's optimization technology is two decades older in
> > origin.
> Yay, another "fact".
> You must have missed the almost complete rewrite of GCC's optimization
> framework that was merged in 2004 and that's been continuously
> improved since than:
> Really. Do your homework.
> Ciao!
> Steven

And another bullet whizzes by my head.

Really, attempts to shoot the messenger *won't help*.  By ignoring the
areas where clang *does* have a clear advantage, *right now*, you are
displaying the exact head-in-the-sand attitude that is most likely to
concede the high ground to clang.

That outcome wouldn't be a problem for me.  It would hurt the FSF's 
prestige pretty badly, though.  It's not really my job to care about that, 
but I thought someone here would. Perhaps I was wrong.
		<a href="";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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