is anyone using the sparc backend?

Sparc is a popular target for architecture simulators, and removing that back end would force people using such simulators to use some other compiler infrastructure. Sparc is also useful for University courses. I'd strongly discourage removing this back end.

--Vikram
Professor, Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
http://llvm.org/~vadve

FYI, I completely agree that we shouldn't remove the sparc target. However, it is currently unmaintained, and has some pretty glaring bugs. Is anyone interested in stepping up to maintain the target?

-Chris

I agree it would be nice if we had a regular maintainer. But the back end is quite valuable despite these bugs. Moreover, I suspect that many of the users will be somewhat short term (a paper, a thesis, a template for a new back end) and so would be reluctant to sign up as regular maintainers. That is still useful, though.

--Vikram
Professor, Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
http://llvm.org/~vadve