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Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: glob.h syntax errors

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: glob.h syntax errors
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 22:27:56 -0700
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Roland McGrath <address@hidden> writes:

> I'm not positive whether the other GNU packages that use this header
> still care about that stuff, or if we should just get rid of it all.

As far as other GNU packages are concerned, it's safe to remove all
pre-C89 language portability cruft.  The last holdout packages that I
know of gave up on K&R a year or two ago.  The published gnulib policy
changed 1 year ago (on 2003-09-09).

Currently gnulib assumes at least a freestanding C89 compiler,
possibly operating with a C library that predates C89.  The oldest
environment currently ported to, in theory, is probably SunOS 4 + GCC
1.x, though we haven't tested this exact combination for some time.
SunOS 4 last shipped on 1998-09-30, and Sun dropped support for it on
2003-10-01, so at some point gnulib may start assuming a C89 library
as well.

I hardly ever see SunOS 4 related bug reports any more, except from
computer-museum curators.

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