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Re: Emacs contributions, C and Lisp

From: Florian Weimer
Subject: Re: Emacs contributions, C and Lisp
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:04:09 +0100

* Stefan Monnier:

>> It is more or less the same loss.  The case I'm concerned about is that
>> it become normal to use GCC with proprietary add-ons.
> My understanding is that people are satisfied with the current GCC
> plugin licensing.  What is at stake here is the development of a stable
> output that gives enough info for things like refactoring.
> IOW the issue is not disallowing proprietary add-ons (we're all pretty
> happy to disallow them, IIUC), but making it impossible to use GCC
> within a proprietary product (e.g. a proprietary IDE).

Eh, isn't the latter already extremely common in the embedded area?
These IDEs do not offer refactoring, but they still invoke GCC to
perform the compilation.  They might even using debugging information
to implement some form of source code browsing.  (And in many cases,
you can't redistribute the GCC binaries you received, but that's a
different story.)

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