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Re: Portablity bug in base64.c

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Portablity bug in base64.c
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 13:51:37 -0400 (EDT)

Paul Eggert writes:
> That change is obviously safe, but why is it needed?  Gnulib assumes
> C89, and the preprocessors that you mention don't conform to C89.

It isn't absolutely needed, but I'd argue that it's desirable.  The cost
of the change is exceeding low -- it doesn't make the code any harder to
read or any less maintainable -- and it eliminates an essentially
gratuitious incompatibility with a compiler that is otherwise perfectly
acceptable.  The big benefit is that it fixes the immediate problem now
as opposed to waiting for the autoconf change to percolate out into the

-Larry Jones

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