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Re: [PATCH] strtoimax: eliminate need for stdint.h, inttypes.h checks

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [PATCH] strtoimax: eliminate need for stdint.h, inttypes.h checks
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:59:23 -0800
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On 01/28/2012 02:59 PM, Bruno Haible wrote:
> Up to now, we have always minimized the code size,
> even if it costs some .m4 macros to run at configure time.

That's usually fine, and it has the nice properties that you list,
but it's not the only objective -- there are also the goals of
increasing reliability of 'configure', reducing the number of
dependencies, and making 'configure' go faster.  I listed these
roughly in decreasing order of importance, but in this particular
case I thought that the fix would reduce dependencies and
increase 'configure' speed without causing harm in more-important
areas.  So far our luck has held, but even if it fails on some
rarely-used host I hope the change is still an overall win and
that we'll need to revisit this only if our luck fails on some
relatively-important target (and obviously there are some
judgment calls here).

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