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Re: Portability issue with `putenv'

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Portability issue with `putenv'
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:54:08 -0800
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James Youngman <address@hidden> writes:

> It's an open question as to whether Autoconf should replace an
> OS-specific putenv() function just because it doesn't fully comply
> with POSIX.

Nowadays these sorts of questions are typically resolved in places
like gnulib rather than in Autoconf proper.  For its approach to
putenv please see:


Sam Lauber writes:

> I've noticed a lot of free software is impolite to DOS systems.

I wouldn't call it "impolite" -- it's just a lack of resources.
Here's a relevant quote from the GNU coding standards

  As for systems that are not like Unix, such as MSDOS, Windows, the
  Macintosh, VMS, and MVS, supporting them is often a lot of
  work. When that is the case, it is better to spend your time adding
  features that will be useful on GNU and GNU/Linux, rather than on
  supporting other incompatible systems.

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