Contributing to FreeBSD list of things todo

Ulf Lilleengen lulf at
Mon Nov 7 14:59:29 PST 2005

On Tue, Nov 01, 2005 at 02:58:48PM -0800, Brooks Davis wrote:
> 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.
I've seen an effort to remove these warnings by setting WARNS?=6 . Would
this be preferable to work on, on freebsd as well? Ofcourse testing on
most architectures.

Ulf Lilleengen

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