Re: C/C++ obfuscator

Louis Krupp <lkrupp@pssw.com>
6 Feb 2005 15:00:07 -0500

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From: Louis Krupp <lkrupp@pssw.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 6 Feb 2005 15:00:07 -0500
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References: 05-01-074 05-01-087 05-01-093 05-01-103 05-02-005
Keywords: C, tools

<snipped, carefully>


>>The source to be shipped would have to be tested on any compiler the
>>customer might use ...
>
>
> Not necessarily: if the original code desn't use
> arcane/not-well-supported language features, then one can test 1
> or 2 compilers, and expect all other combinations to work.
>
> If some compiler/OS combinations turn out not to work, future
> customers may be warned against using those.
>
> The above approach is pretty much what everyone who ships source
> does; shipping obfuscated source is not that different.


I would disagree somewhat and say that the point of writing clean,
predictable code is not so that you don't have to test on all
platforms you intend to support; the point is that when you do all
that testing, the code works, and your life is easier.


Louis


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