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Re: uptime (coreutils)

From: Roland McGrath
Subject: Re: uptime (coreutils)
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 17:41:46 -0500 (EST)

> Not for user programs; those are all for servers.  


The list goes on.

> It was you, in fact, who insisted originally that we should not have a
> separate library for "the Hurd", any more than there is a separate
> "Linux" library.

Well, you used to be named Michael; I think my vacillation is minor in
comparison.  I think there ought to be a separate Linux library for purely
Linux-specific interfaces that other system could possibly implement.  It
just makes life simpler for writing portable applications.  There are only
a few pieces of a GNU/Linux ABI that are hard to match exactly on a
non-Linux implementation.  It just makes sense to segregate those so their
library (or at least version set) dependencies indicate clearly what kind
of nonportable hooey they rely on.

> We haven't done that in the past; libc has historically had lots of
> nonportable interfaces, and not just for the Hurd.  

Actually there really aren't that many nonportable interfaces.
I would like to have fewer.

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