[cfe-dev] C++11 migration tools

Chandler Carruth chandlerc at google.com
Fri Jun 29 14:47:39 PDT 2012

FWIW, I'm a bit hesitant about lumping *all* migrations into a single
tool... My preference is for a tool that is at least somewhat focused on a
migration domain -- in this case, C++11.

On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM, Douglas Gregor <dgregor at apple.com> wrote:

> On Jun 29, 2012, at 12:42 PM, Sam Panzer <panzer at google.com> wrote:
> > Thank you for giving a concrete proposal!
> >
> > One other feature to add would be a degree of confidence for any given
> change (Certain success, will probably work, risky), so that a command-line
> flag could control how aggressive any transformations are.
> I don't think that we should admit any transformation unless we know that
> the resulting code type-checks. The tooling/refactoring stuff should
> provide that for us, and we'll need to be careful with some transformations
> (like the for-range loop transformation) that could break the semantics of
> the program if we're not careful. Migration tools aren't useful if they're
> going to break my code without telling me.
> > To be more specific, one option is modeling the tool after diagnostics:
> >  - Transformations are grouped in a new tool, source-migrate
> >  - Each transformation should be named, so it can be turned on/off, such
> as -range-for-loop or -noconst-expr
> >  - Each transformation should be grouped, so that all C++11
> transformations could be enabled or disabled in one go, e.g. -Tnocxx11
> >  - Each transformation should have some way to specify compiler
> requirements, such as requiring C++ mode.
> >
> > I think this is a good starting place for a code migration framework - I
> will try setting up a tool with proper command-line flags.
> Yes, this seems completely reasonable.
>        - Doug
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