Re: Contributing to FreeBSD list of things todo

From: Brooks Davis (
Date: 11/01/05

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    Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 14:58:48 -0800
    To: Ben Siemon <>

    On Tue, Nov 01, 2005 at 04:30:00PM -0600, Ben Siemon wrote:
    > I have a suggestion for things dev people could do to help out with
    > code already done. I noticed the suggestion for compiling with -Wall
    > enabled. Would it serve any purpose to compile the sources with -ansi
    > and or -pedantic as well? I am fairly new to FreeBSD so forgive me if
    > this has alread been addressed.

    I think the todo list is dated in this area. We now compile many files
    with large sets of warning flags via the WARNS variable in Makefiles.
    It is useful to expand the coverage in this area, but it's not all that
    trivial. It's often fairly easy to make the warning go away without
    fixing the real problem the warning represented. This means that far
    too many patches to raise warning levels are useless and waste developer
    time. There's also the fact that such changes need to be tested on
    multiple architectures because certain warnings are platform specfic.
    At the least testing is needed on i386, alpha, and sparc.

    -- Brooks

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