[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Use C18 language standard

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Fri Mar 27 23:07:45 UTC 2020

On 28/3/20 5:52 am, Anatol Pomozov wrote:
> Hey
> On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 8:47 PM Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> On 27/3/20 7:13 am, Anatol Pomozov wrote:
>>> C18 is the latest released version of the language spec. The toolchains support
>>> it starting with GCC 8.1.0 and Clang 7.
>> GCC 8.1.0 - May 2, 2018
>> Clang 7 - 19 September 2018
>> So available for 18 months.  Seems reasonable given the next release is
>> a few months out minimum.
>> But why do we need this version?   What feature will be used?  Is C11
>> enough?
> C18 is mostly a clarification on top of C11 language spec. C18 does
> not introduce any new language features
> http://www.iso-9899.info/wiki/The_Standard#C18

Hence why do we need that.  Every newer bit of software we require
limits where pacman can be built.

> C11 is what was a big step for C language. I use C11 feature in my
> other projects and I really like it. Some of my favorite features are:
>  - type-generic expressions. This is a poor-man generic that can be
> used in macros. Quite useful in some cases for example instead of
> having htobe16/htobe32/htobe64/.. this feature allows to have a macro
> htobe() with functionality that depends on the parameter type.
>  - _Thread_local specifier that allows to introduce a thread-local variables
>  - defines for atomic types + functions for accessing the vars in atomic way

I don't need to know what is in the standard.  What features do you plan
to use in the pacman code base and where?


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