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Re: use of program_name

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: use of program_name
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 13:01:37 -0600

            * doc/standards.texi: Modify examples to show the new usage pattern
              for program_name.

1) The fact that this is ensconced in the coding standards makes me
worry more than ever about compatibility.  For one thing, why define the
same symbol program_name as a new, incompatible, type?  Can't we name
the function `get_program_name' or something?  Then at least working
code will not just bomb out.

This seems a rather fundamental thing to be changing.  Aren't we
breaking tons of existing programs?  This seems like a bad thing.
Saying "well, you shouldn't get new stuff from gnulib unless you want to
recode your program" doesn't seem like a very good argument to me.
Is it so impossible to do something that is backwards-compatible?

2) Nevertheless, if this is perceived as the way to go, I will ask rms
   about it.  He has to approve any change to the coding standards.
   (And I am skeptical he will approve this.)


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