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Ensuring posix-ness

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Ensuring posix-ness
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 21:32:21 +0100

Trying to build some code (Lua bindings for POSIX APIs) with a
gnulib-ized build system, I find that some APIs on GNU systems need
extra treatment (i.e. GNU is not POSIX-1.2001 by default). For
example, for crypt(3) I need to define _XOPEN_SOURCE, and for some
realtime functions such as clock_getres, I need to define

I can't find any gnulib extensions that bear on this: extensions is
already running because of something else, and
AC_USE_SYSTEM_EXTENSIONS similarly is already active. Similarly, I
can't find anything in the autoconf manual.

The crypt example is particularly annoying, as without _XOPEN_SOURCE
defined it's not defined, even though POSIX_VERSION is >= 200112L, and
it's in that version of POSIX (of course, that's a glibc bug, not a
problem with gnulib, but it would be nice to fix it in gnulib).

Have I missed anything, or is this a gap in gnulib's coverage?

In particular, I note that the latest version of standards coverage
(including outside POSIX) supported by glibc requires _XOPEN_SOURCE to
be defined to 700, and nothing in gnulib seems to do that.


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