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[Bug gold/12485] Support for automatic linking via pragma

From: ian at airs dot com
Subject: [Bug gold/12485] Support for automatic linking via pragma
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:13:25 +0000


--- Comment #2 from Ian Lance Taylor <ian at airs dot com> 2011-02-28 16:13:05 
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It sounds like a reasonable idea to me, but to be honest it is not high on my
priority list.  No existing Unix linker works that way.  The gold linker is
free software, so brand new ideas like this tend to be written by the people
who would like to see them implemented.  If you are unable to implement it
yourself, I would recommend sending a note to the address@hidden
mailing list.  However, please do not be surprised if nobody takes this up for
you.  Most free software developers are not waiting around trying to think of
something to do.  Most of them have far too much to do, and fixing bugs and
implementing features that they use themselves is normally going to take
priority over implementing a brand new feature which nobody is currently using.

I'm not trying to discourage you or to tell you that you are doing anything
wrong.  I'm just describing my perception of how free software development
works.  It's driven by volunteers who write code.  Ideas are cheap, and there
are far more ideas than will ever be implemented.  Working code is expensive.

I'm also not saying that I will never implement this myself.  But I am unlikely
to implement it any time soon.

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