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Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 8e2b2a2: Minor cleanup in pdumper.c

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 8e2b2a2: Minor cleanup in pdumper.c
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:07:42 -0500

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  > The C language is for people who know what they are doing.  It would be 
  > IMO unacceptable for it to reject assignments of a char* to a struct foo 
  > *, or even warn by default about it, because any serious systems program 
  > does that all the time.

I get the impression that this is meant ironically, as part of an
elliptical argument against the point someone else made about assigning a
double value to an int variable.  Was that what you meant?
You did not say that, and I think many people on the list will not
figure that out.

That argument depends on background about the rules of C which was not
stated.  Many will not know that background,

For clear communication, please always spell out the steps in your
argument.  To present just one step, and expect people to figure out
how it relates to the context, is a recipe for incomprehension and

(Why use emacs-devel to critique the rules of C?)

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (https://gnu.org, https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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