6 char externs and the ANSI standard

Henry Spencer henry at utzoo.UUCP
Thu Nov 22 03:06:53 AEST 1984

> ...  It is no harder to set up a symbol
> table for names that have been remapped to shorter ones.

Sounds like we have a volunteer to head an ANSI committee to standardize
symbol tables.  Good luck; you'll need it.

And no, I am not just being facetious.  Not entirely, anyway.  Mapping
symbols to short names automatically loses badly if every compiler has
to do it independently, and none of them agree on the conventions or the
symbol-table format.  If you have the luxury of having support systems
(like debuggers) custom-built for one language, that's fine.  Otherwise...
				Henry Spencer @ U of Toronto Zoology

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