Plugins: For Better or Worse?

Sep 8, 2017



A discussion about the role of plugins in the GNU Toolchain. Focusing on their support, or lack thereof, by the tools, and whether they should remain as isolated individual projects or brought into the fold. Plugins are often seen as extraneous extras to the GNU toolchain, relegated to a second-class status, and ignored as part of any major release. There is very little documentation on how to create them or use them, or even what they do. There are no real testsuites for them, nor any official way to report bugs. But it does not have to be this way. This BoF is an attempt to reach out to the developer community to see if there is interest in raising the profile of plugins. Should there be a formal specification of their interface(s) with the tools, and what they are and are not allowed to do ? Should there be an official place in the filesystem where plugins are installed ? How should they be documented and how can interested users find out about which plugins are available ? If you are interested in this subject please come along and join in the discussion.



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The GNU Compiler Collection includes front ends for C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Ada, and Go, as well as libraries for these languages (libstdc++,...). GCC was originally written as the compiler for the GNU operating system. The GNU system was developed to be 100% free software, free in the sense that it respects the user's freedom.

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