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Re: Making --with-wide-int the default

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Making --with-wide-int the default
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:42:48 +0200

> From: Random832 <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:34:39 -0500
> Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:
> > Really, integer overflow is not a significant problem with
> > --with-wide-int.  As Eli says, if it were a problem it'd also be a
> > problem with 64-bit platforms, which it's not.
> I think the issue some people are bringing up is that the concrete cases
> that would actually trigger the bugs, if there are any (very large
> files, very large strings, very large buffers) are rare even on 64-bit
> machines.

They are rare, but they have been tested a few years ago, and the bugs
found fixed.  The people who did that specifically made a point of
editing such large files for the purposes of finding and fixing any
such bugs.

> Sure, it's nice to be _able_ to edit 2GB files, but how many
> of those does the average user have lying around?

Those who need to look at large log files have to do this every day.

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