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Re: Defending GCC considered futile

From: Perry E. Metzger
Subject: Re: Defending GCC considered futile
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:24:45 -0500

On Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:06:52 -0500 Richard Stallman <address@hidden>
> They must have worked for a long long time
> to replace the capabilities GDB already had.

No, actually. Because the rest of the compiler wasn't intentionally
made non-modular, it was possible for the LLDB team to re-use the
code from the rest of the toolchain. LLDB doesn't need things like its
own expression parsing and interpretation code because it can call
into Clang/LLVM at will.

LLDB is itself modular and fully scriptable, and it will be
interesting to see what sort of new ideas its users come up with. One
of the pleasures of working with well architected free software is
seeing the ways people find interesting uses for tools that the
designers had never thought of to begin with.

Perry E. Metzger                address@hidden

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