Re: What if?

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Thu Dec 16 2004 - 15:43:58 EST

Alan Cox wrote:
On Iau, 2004-12-16 at 02:44, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

Yes, but there is also no really big deal compiling C code with a C++ compiler. Yes, it was a disaster in 0.99.14, but that was 10 years ago.

g++ is still much slower. We don't know how many bugs it would show up
in the compiler and tools either, especially on embedded platforms.
Finally the current kernel won't go through a C++ compiler because we
use variables like "new" quite often.

-Dnew=_New, problem solved.

I'm not in any way advocating compiling with g++ exclusively, but it would be nice to be *able to* for bugchecking. It would be an interesting experiment, of nothing else. I suspect it'd require some minor code tweaks and turn up a small handful of bugs right off the bat.


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