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Re: [bug-gawk] lint Option Future

From: Wolfgang Laun
Subject: Re: [bug-gawk] lint Option Future
Date: Wed, 22 May 2019 14:16:10 +0200

I used to work in an environment where compatibility was an issue. But
there was common consent that, once you leave POSIX (or some other
catechism) behind and use the extensions some language implementation
provides, you have declared explicitly not to care any more about being
compatible. Consequently, being pestered with warnings about using an
extension is IMHO completely superfluous.

The SW safety pundits are advocating checks using a tool from the lint
pedigree whenever they are available, but they also require you to address
each message resulting from such runs. Messages of the kind addressed by
this thread would be a nuisance.

My 2ยข...

On Wed, 22 May 2019 at 11:51, <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hi.
> M <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Are there any plans to develop the --lint option?
> Not really.  As a general statement, I am trying to spend less of
> my life on gawk and more of it on other things...
> > I've read in the manual that there is a mode "invalid"
> > (i.e. --lint=invalid) which is not fully implemented yet.
> There's only one place at the moment where an "invalid" check is
> performed. "Not fully implemented" thus means that there are undoubtedly
> many more places where such checks could be performed, but haven't been.
> > For instance, one knows that he/she uses some features which are specific
> > to gawk.
> > When using the --lint option without a value, one can see a sheet of
> warnings:
> > .........
> > "THIS_FEATURE is a gawk extension"
> > "AND_THIS_FEATURE is a gawk extension"
> > .........
> >
> > --lint is quite useful to determine simple faults.
> > As far as I understand, there is no way to get rid of these warnings at
> > the moment.
> If all you want is to be able to disable the "foo is a gawk extension"
> warnings, I can probably do that without too much effort.
> If, on the other hand, you want something more elaborate, then either
> you'll have to find someone else to do the work, or consider financing
> my doing it.
> Thanks,
> Arnold

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