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Subject: Re: [SG10] Adding a macro to identify the ABI
From: Jonathan Wakely (cxx_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-01-09 03:28:56

On 8 January 2017 at 19:30, Saleem Abdulrasool wrote:
> std::type_info comes from the runtime. Someone needs to implement it for
> our to be provided.

Agreed so far.

> Having the compiler identify the ABI means that the runtime has a concrete
> manner to determine what ABI is being requested.

Now I'm lost. What determination does the runtime do? Is there a
runtime that can dynamically switch to providing a different ABI?
Surely that's done by linking to a different runtime, i.e. determined
"outside" the runtime, not by it.

> On certain platforms it is
> not possible to determine the ABI without having the compiler indicate to
> you which is in use.

OK, but the compiler should also be choosing the right runtime. And
that should all happen correctly without user interaction.

> Furthermore, this would allow verification that the user code and the
> runtime agree on the ABI itself.

How would a macro achieve that?

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