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Re: secure_getenv + windows

From: Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos
Subject: Re: secure_getenv + windows
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:03:52 +0200

> > Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos wrote:
> > The current implementation doesn't have any support for windows,
> > meaning that environment variables will be unusable on that OS.
> Why is that the wrong thing to do? Can you give an example? Why would
> an application invoke secure_getenv on MS-Windows?

secure_getenv() is targeted for libraries rather than end-applications. 
A library will call secure_getenv() to act on some variable because it
is the reasonable thing to do on UNIX systems. However, secure_getenv()
has no (known to me) meaning for windows, and that's why I'd expect
that call there to behave as getenv().

That way a library will simply call (when used with gnulib):
 var = secure_getenv("MYENV");

and would work as expected in UNIX and windows systems.


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