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Re: proposed change to closeout module

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: proposed change to closeout module
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:42:53 +0000 (UTC)
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Jim Meyering <jim <at> meyering.net> writes:

> Hi Bruno,
> I like the idea, but I've never worried about this case on the principle
> that if a program is already writing to stderr, it's usually because
> it's going to exit nonzero anyway.

M4 is an example of an exception - it can write to stderr with 0 exit status 
due to the 'errprint' and 'dumpdef' macros.  I already have on my TODO list to 
make CVS M4 use the closeout module (right now, it can't until I get m4 quit 
using tmpfile), and this would be an appropriate behavior to have.

> I hope you don't mind waiting a few days for feedback.  I'm concentrating
> on making a stable coreutils-6.3 release.

I'm not in any hurry from m4's side of things, so waiting a couple days for 
coreutils-6.3 to be final before making this change would suit me, too.

Eric Blake

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