// comments

Sam Hartman hartmans at MIT.EDU
Tue Jan 6 12:15:10 EST 2009

>>>>> "Ken" == Ken Raeburn <raeburn at MIT.EDU> writes:

    Ken> On Jan 6, 2009, at 10:40, Sam Hartman wrote:
    >> I noticed Ken made a check-in to remove ISO C 99 style comments
    >> from the source tree.  Do we have compilers old enough that
    >> they don't support these comments in C mode?  If not, why do we
    >> care?

    Ken> I can't assert offhand that there's a compiler (or static
    Ken> analysis tool) that we care about for which it'll be a
    Ken> problem.  On the other hand, it's not one of the aspects of C
    Ken> 99 that we've decided to require, so far (as opposed to, say,
    Ken> 64-bit support).

I'd like to argue that we should.  The rest of the world seems to
generate patches and diffs using C99 comments.  Transforming them
introduces unnecessary differences, and I don't see any compelling
reason not to accept this aspect of C99.


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