Re: [dev] c++-style comments [was fsbm]

From: Dimitris Papastamos <>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:09:44 +0000

On Thu, Nov 06, 2014 at 05:56:55PM +0100, Sylvain BERTRAND wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 06, 2014 at 03:40:56PM +0000, Dimitris Papastamos wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 06, 2014 at 04:38:20PM +0100, Sylvain BERTRAND wrote:
> > > On a personnal level, I port some of my C99 projects back to C89, since it
> > > seems a C89 compiler is easier to write than a C99 compiler, and some part of
> > > my code could go in C89 only project (i.e. the linux kernel).
> >
> > the linux kernel is built with gnu99 iirc.
> Documentation/HOWTO:
> "The kernel is written using GNU C and the GNU toolchain. While it
> adheres to the ISO C89 standard, it uses a number of extensions that are
> not featured in the standard. The kernel is a freestanding C
> environment, with no reliance on the standard C library, so some
> portions of the C standard are not supported. Arbitrary long long
> divisions and floating point are not allowed. It can sometimes be
> difficult to understand the assumptions the kernel has on the toolchain
> and the extensions that it uses, and unfortunately there is no
> definitive reference for them. Please check the gcc info pages (`info
> gcc`) for some information on them."

It uses a *lot* of extensions. If I remember correctly, a significant number
of gcc extensions were initially driven by the needs of linux kernel programmers.

A C89 only compiler would have no hope to build the kernel in any way
so I do not see how C89 is relevant here anymore.
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