Mail Archives: djgpp/1999/07/26/12:25:24

Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 19:22:56 +0300 (IDT)
From: Eli Zaretskii <eliz AT is DOT elta DOT co DOT il>
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To: Rolf Campbell <cp1v45 AT nortelnetworks DOT com>
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Subject: Re: Strange localtime function behaviour
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On Mon, 26 Jul 1999, Rolf Campbell wrote:

> What bugs have you found in Borland C/C++?   I did notice a few automatic
> variable allocation bugs (2 local variables would get the same location on the
> stack occasionally).

Is that not enough?  How can you work with a compiler that cannot even 
manage its stack?

I stopped counting their bugs 5 years ago, after I submitted a detailed 
bug report about their implementation of alloca and never heard from 
them again.

> I have found that it's compiler error messages are much less cryptic.

Actually, I find GCC's diagnostics quite self-explanatory.  What messages 
are unclear?

> Also, I
> liked the way Borland's help pages offered help on more than just function
> calls.

What else would you like to see in the docs of every function?

> I have been meaning to try writing some info files for DJGPP that do
> just that, but I don't know where I can get a good program for writing info
> files.

You don't write an Info file, you write a Texinfo file which is then 
converted into Info by the makeinfo program, as part of the library build 
procedure.  makeinfo.exe is in the package, and the docs in 
there include a complete description of the Texinfo language and a very 
good style guide.

The best vehicle for writing a Texinfo document is (of course!) GNU 
Emacs, which has a special Texinfo mode.

If you want to know how is DJGPP docs written, look at the *.txh files in, they should tell the whole story about the standard format 
used by our docs.  Contributions should be sent to 
djgpp-workers AT delorie DOT com.

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