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Re: FYI: 4-gary-macro-formal-parameter-preparation.patch

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: FYI: 4-gary-macro-formal-parameter-preparation.patch
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2003 13:59:58 +0200
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 > I'm adding formal parameter support as a GNU extension:
 >    define(`foo(bar, baz)', `arg2: $baz, arg1: $1')
 >    foo(quux, quuux)
 >    => arg2: quuux, arg1: quux

 > This patch rearranges a bunch of stuff to make adding it easier.

Hi Gary,

I'm glad to see you are back onto M4, but I would like to emphasize
the need for a _stable_ release, with *no new feature* except the
modules.  Prototyping needs careful thought, and the proposal is not
clear to me (e.g., maybe formal arguments should have a $ in front.
Pay attention to Autoconf using `foo(bar)' something without imagining
that M4 will think this is an argument).

Therefore, it would be a good thing for M4, IMNSHO, that we make a
good 1.5 with not more than what's already in the box.

My $0.02.

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