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Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: xalloc module dependencies

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: xalloc module dependencies
Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2004 07:24:45 -0800
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Simon Josefsson <address@hidden> writes:

> Perhaps what is needed is a new 'prec89-depends-on:' field, and a
> parameter to gnulib-tool to say whether it should assume c89 (the
> default, IMHO) or not?

I think this is overkill, since hardly anybody ports to pre c89
systems any more.

gnulib itself assumes C89-or-better in its syntax, so even if you port
to (say) SunOS 4.1.4 you need to first port a C89-compatible compiler.
The only concession to pre-C89 systems is that they may not have a
C89-compatible C library, which is why these extra modules are in

The few people who need pre-C89 capability already know about the
problems, so they don't need a "prec89-depends-on:" field.  (People
who don't know about pre-C89 problems don't need to port to C89.  :-)

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