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Re: [Bug-gnulib] stdbool dependency?

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] stdbool dependency?
Date: Sun, 08 Aug 2004 23:39:40 +0200

Bruno Haible <address@hidden> wrote:
> Paul Eggert wrote:
>> This module doesn't list 'stdbool' as an explicit dependency, even
>> though it uses <stdbool.h>.  I started to add that dependency, but
>> it required adding a new file and I thought "Wait a minute! If
>> someone is building an app  that requires C99, they won't need
>> the stdbool module."
> Who is writing an application that requires C99? The only such I know of
> is glibc. It will take years for all compilers to support C99.
> Given that it's only a few months since Emacs and GCC have switched to
> assuming C89, I think we'll have to use 'stdbool' for a long time.

Maybe I'm losing patience, but I feel that a year or two will be
the most I'll be willing to wait before making coreutils depend on C99.
I've had to make too many little compromises as it is, and I'd like to
be able to undo some of them.  IMHO, we don't need to wait for *all*
compilers to provide such support as long as most of the key ones do.

Of course, if we switch coreutils and enough people report legitimate
problems, we can always revert.

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