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From Michael Stahl <>
Subject Re: [code] stuck at offapi on
Date Tue, 30 Aug 2011 09:04:10 GMT
On 30.08.2011 08:47, Stephan Bergmann wrote:
> On Aug 29, 2011, at 9:26 PM, Pedro F. Giffuni wrote:
>>> any reason why we build our own preprocessors and don't use the C
>>> toolchain preprocessor that is already required to build OOo?
>> This is an important question. If we need another preprocessor
>> there are options(1), but we need to now why.
> At least for idlc, I think the best solution would be to get rid of a
> C preprocessor completely.  Even if de-facto (if not also de-jure)
> .idl files have always been passed through a C preprocessor, so in
> theory could make use of all the C preprocessor's features, this has
> practically always only been used for plain #include <…> or #include
> "…" stuff (plus internal and external header guards, #ifndef
> XXX/#define XXX/.../#endif and #ifndef XXX/#include "YYY"/#endif), I
> think.
> So, it should be possible---without breaking backwards compatibility
> in practice---to change idlc so that it ignores all #… lines except
> for #include lines, which it then handles via a more efficient
> mechanism than textual inclusion.

that's the question i never dared to ask ;)

i hate cpp:  it is an automated copy-paste mechanism to do things for
which a real programming language provides a module system.
let's get rid of it where possible.

then we can also remove the ugly external header guards clutter.

> Would still have to have a look at soltools/cpp, though...
> -Stephan


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