GCC Has A Call For Help To Improve Diagnostics
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 6 October 2014 at 04:04 AM EDT. 7 Comments
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While GCC's diagnostics capabilities have improved in the late GCC 4.x releases along with bug-fixes, there's a call for help to further improve the important open-source compiler.

Manuel López-Ibáñez wrote GCC's call for help on Sunday in a thread entitled "GCC needs YOU!" Manuel explains that while GCC has improved a lot, there's still more work to be tackled.

Manuel explained, "GCC diagnostics have steadily improved in recent releases. In addition to the myriad of bugs fixed per release, every release had at least one major improvement in diagnostics. Unfortunately, the number of people contributing to this effort is very limited and we are more and more busy with other obligations. We need new blood and we need help. It has never been easier to contribute to GCC than nowadays. There are many ways you can help and there are tasks for every level of skill and time commitment."

Among the items to be covered are more than 600 open bugs relating to diagnostics, replacing libiberty with gnulib, adding a "spell-checker", investigating open bugs with the macro unwinder, and various other work items. Those wishing to step up to help improve GCC diagnostics can read this mailing list post.
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