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Re: RFC: status icon support

From: Dan Nicolaescu
Subject: Re: RFC: status icon support
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 18:47:22 -0800

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

  >     The K&R function declaration style is obsolescent in C99. This means
  >     that compilers are allowed to reject such code or accept it with a
  >     warning message. In either case, they aren't allowed to ignore it.
  >     Compilers are not allowed to accept this style of declaration without
  >     warning.
  > Not allowed?  Nobody can stop us!
  > The point is that Emacs does NOT have a convention against K&R
  > function definitions.  When Dan told Tom Tromey to rewrite to ANSI
  > style, he implied that that was our convention.  That is not so.

Sorry, but that is not accurate characterization of my message. Here it
is for the record:

       Please no K&R in new code.
       I am not sure if we actually have a policy about this. If we don't we
       should make it now required to have K&R in new code. It's already not
       possible to compile emacs with a K&R compiler, so please let's not add
       to this.
       The last thing we want is emacs to regarded as being a backwards project
       because it insists on using a language that was standardized in a
       different way 19 years ago.

  > I do not want to have a discussion about changing this, because there
  > are other, more important things to spend our time on.  For instance,
  > a few bugs remain in Emacs 22.

As you can see from the message cited above the discussion was not about
changing what we have now, but about what to do with new code. 

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