Tom Lane wrote:
> Sure, but we don't break them just on a whim.  The bottom line here is
> whether we are going to make a real commitment to making C++ usable as
> a backend extension language --- and for the reasons I mentioned, that
> would entail a lot more than renaming a few identifiers.  It was already
> pointed out upthread that wrapping the inclusions in extern "C" {...}
> would fix the identifier part of the problem from the user side, so I do
> not see the point of fixing it from our side unless we are prepared to
> buy into a lot of other changes.  A C++ writer who is unwilling to add
> the extern{} bit around inclusions of C headers seems unlikely to "work
> with us" as regards to error-throwing conventions, for instance.

Adding an extern "C" arround the header files is not the problem, altough it 
would make life a little easier. I have often seen it in C-only header files, 
and it will do no harm to anybody using a C-only compiler.

The real problem are the C++-keyword used in spi.h and trigger.h
The C++ compiler (tested with gcc 4.1.0) even complains, if C++ keywords are 
used inside extern "C" { ... } blocks. The extern "C" only tells the compiler 
to switch off name-mangling - it does not allow any kind of plain-old C. With 
some drawbacks, it is perfectly legal to use C++ features inside an extern "C" 

I am speaking about 1 function argument, where it absolutely doesn't matter, 
how it is named in a header files. 
And I am speaking about 5 struct member where it should not be a real problem 
for client libraries to rename them to something very similar.

If there is any chance to get this patch applied, I will of course regenerate 
it out of the HEAD-revision of the CVS repository. If there is any objection 
about the terminology of the renamed keywords, lets discuss.  If, however 
clients of spi.h and trigger.h shall never, ever even think about using a C++ 
compiler in their projects, I will stop any discussion here and patch each 
newer version of Postgres for my own private fork.

Regards, Jacob
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