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Re: removing stdint's dependency on wchar

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: removing stdint's dependency on wchar
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:03:16 -0700
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On 02/18/2011 01:56 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:
> This suggests that we should use the name "stdint" for the
> common case, and some other name for the rare case of
> applications that need WINT_MIN etc.  It'd be easy to
> create a module "stdint-with-wchar" to do that, based
> on the patch I already sent: simply have a dummy module
> that depends on both stdint and wchar.  But the name
> "stdint-with-wchar" sounds rather ad hoc.  And really
> perhaps it is simpler just to say that if you need the
> wchar stuff then use the wchar module too (which you'll
> probably be doing anyway, so it's no big deal).  This is
> what stdlib already does with random_r.

Well, using <stdint.h> to get random_r is not standardized (we only
provided it for glibc compatibility, so it makes sense to make that
dependent on random_r), whereas the wchar_t stuff is standardized.

On the other hand, I agree that W{CHAR,INT}_{MAX,MIN} are unlikely to be
useful unless you are also using w{char,int}_t as defined by some other

I'm perfectly fine with stdint being the simpler module, and
stdint+wchar being the complete replacement header.  I don't even know
that we need a stdint-with-wchar module.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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