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Re: A plea for more pollution

Gurusamy Sarathy
March 17, 2000 08:16
Re: A plea for more pollution
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On Fri, 17 Mar 2000 10:59:54 EST, Horsley Tom wrote:
>Back when people first started having problems with this POLLUTE stuff
>I asked why it wasn't backward compatible, with h2xs generating
>a #define DONT_POLLUTE for new modules so that old modules would
>automatically be POLLUTed (after all, they already compiled that way).
>I was told that we wanted to force everyone to change because it would
>be better all around if we got rid of the old stuff so people could
>write code with no fear of name collisions.

That's still the goal.

>Now, if I'm understanding all this, we are going to explicitly look
>through the source for colliding names and automatically cause those
>modules to be POLLUTed?

I think the point of this is to give some more time for the lazy
authors to catch up.  Instead of failing to build outright, we
emit big loud warnings etc.

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