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Re: portability of 'printf' command

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: portability of 'printf' command
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 16:13:13 -0700
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"Dr. David Kirkby" <address@hidden> writes:

> Solaris 7 lacks this, so one does not have to go back as far as you believe.

No, Solaris 7 has /usr/bin/printf.  If memory serves, it also has a
/bin/ksh that supports printf.  See, for example,
and <http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/autoconf-patches/2006-12/msg00010.html>.

Also, Solaris 7 is pretty far back.  Sun stopped issuing patches for it
in August 2005, and dropped all support in August 2008; see
>From the GNU project's point of view, there is not a strong argument for
supporting a non-free OS that is not supported by the commercial
supplier itself.

While we're on the subject, Sun stopped issuing patches for Solaris 8 in
April 2009, and will stop supporting it in April 2012.  The
corresponding dates for Solaris 9 are November 2011 and November 2014.
See <http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/releases.jsp>.

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