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Re: [Bug-gnulib] getline & getline_safe

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] getline & getline_safe
Date: 15 Jul 2003 10:31:24 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3

Derek Robert Price <derek@ximbiot.com> writes:

> Don't most modern operating systems allow ulimit to limit process size?

Yes, but that's a crude weapon, whereas getline_safe() is aimed just
at this particular problem.

Personally, I don't like functions whose name ends in "_safe".
Nothing is 100% safe.  It's better to end their name in "_safer".
Or better yet, why not call it "getnline" as per the original bug report:

> If getline_safe() _is_ necessary, is there interest in importing it
> into GNULIB (it really just wraps a call to getdelim2())?

I'd have interest, though I don't see how you can just wrap a call to
getdelim2.  Don't you also need to modify getdelim2's signature?

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