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Re: documentation about program_name use

From: Claudio Fontana
Subject: Re: documentation about program_name use
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 10:21:17 -0800 (PST)

--- Karl Berry <address@hidden> ha scritto: 

>     I would suggest to add this to the GNU coding
>     standards:
> I'm not sure program_name should be in the coding
> standards.  If/since
> gnulib functions require it, then I can see that it
> should be in the
> gnulib doc.  But programs that don't use gnulib
> don't necessarily have
> to have it.

I agree. 

> Do they?  (I mean, libc might or might
> not define it, but
> if nothing in the program uses it, it doesn't
> matter.)

In my case it was the cause of a bug report from a
Solaris 8 user, who got an unresolved symbol error at
link time and a broken build, since some replacement
modules in gnulib make use of that variable.

So, if it is not a common GNU coding practice, I'd
suggest it is prominently displayed in the bug-gnulib
manual and error module documentation.
> Thanks,
> karl

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