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Re: [Bug-gnulib] why no strchr or strrchr?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] why no strchr or strrchr?
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 22:19:57 -0700
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"Oskar Liljeblad" <address@hidden> writes:

> I understand there's little point in supporting anything < C89. It
> is sad though that autoconf hasn't been updated to match the
> compatibility assumptions of GCC and coreutils/gnulib.

Autoconf has more backward-compatibility constraints in this area than
GCC, coreutils, and gnulib does, as it has to support packages that
still want to port to pre-C89 hosts.  My impression is that we are
getting close to dumping support for K&R, but it won't occur before
the next stable Autoconf release.

The first step of any such conversion process, which will be quite a
bit of grunt work I'm afraid, will be to poll the Autoconf users to
see who, if anybody, still needs support for pre-C89 hosts.

"Oskar Liljeblad" <address@hidden> writes:

> I have until now believed that autoconf and automake
> (autoscan in particular) were perfect in this sense.

Perfection?  Autoconf?  *splutter*

Now I have to find a rag to clean the coffee off my keyboard....

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