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Re: CVS update: subversion/subversion/include svn_types.h

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2001-02-13 02:42:30 CET

Karl Fogel wrote:

> Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> writes:
>> You're never supposed to have a space between a function symbol and the open
>> parenthesis.
>> But some people disagree with me :-)
> :-)
> Parameter-receiving #defines are different. When you define them, the
> preprocessor seems to require no space before the left paren --
> otherwise it can't tell the difference between a macro that takes
> arguments, and a macro that happens to expand into text whose first
> character happens to be an open paren.
> However, when you *call* such a macro, the space is okay.
> (I only learned this by experimenting; perhaps there's something
> deeper going on here.)

Something very deep indeed: it's called "Internaional Standard ISO/IEC
9899:1999: Programming languages -- C". Fossil records confirming this
behaviour go back to 1989, by some accounts even as far back as the
early 1970's. :-)

Brane �ibej
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