On Sun, Aug 07, 2016 at 07:02:18PM -1000, Josh Triplett wrote:
> > Portability; some compilers choke on it. C89 allows trailing commas in
> > array initialization but _not_ in enums. Most compilers allow it anyway
> > (though gcc complains with -Wpedantic).
> > This definitely broke the build on real systems early in Git's history
> > (I think the AIX compiler was one culprit),
> Thanks for the explanation. I assume such compilers also don't accept
Correct. We don't allow other C99 features like variadic macros, either
(there are some in the code base, but you'll note they can all be
> Perhaps the next Git user survey could ask "what compiler (including
> version) do you use to compile Git", and perhaps "does it accept the
> following code:"?
Maybe. I'm not sure I would consider a lack of responses there to be a
definite sign. It seems that once every few years people on bizarre
systems come out of the woodwork and do a round of portability fixes,
and then problems accrue, and so on. So I'm not sure that the survey
would hit the right people in a timely manner.
I think the breaking point will be just declaring "look, C99 is N years
old; if your compiler can't handle it, that's now your problem". When
Git started, N was only 6. It's now 17.
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