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Re: bugs in idvec-verify.c, almost...

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Re: bugs in idvec-verify.c, almost...
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 17:39:42 +0200
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On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 03:40:58PM +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
>    The glibc manual says these function can return an error, so we should 
> check
>    for one.  But we should also check for NULL return values, it seems.  The
>    POSIX specification is not very clearly worded, but it seems that not
>    finding an entry is also a "successful" operation (no error value is 
> defined
>    for an unsuccesful lookup if it failed  because the user does not exist).
> I think that we should just check if the structure is NULL instead of
> checking the return value _and_ the structure, this is simpler, and
> cleaner.  As for what the glibc functions are supposed todo (set
> errno, or return something of use), thats a topic for libc-alpha.
> I'll report it there in a few days.

Well, as I said, the POSIX standard seems to be clear by omission here.  As
far as checking for NULL: POSIX says that NULL should be returned in case of
an error, so that's ok to do.

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