Terry Lambert tlambert2 at mindspring.com
Sat Nov 15 14:38:32 PST 2003

"Jacques A. Vidrine" wrote:
> In at least one place in libc, it is necessary to range check a time_t
> value.  One most platforms, time_t has the same range as `int', but
> on at least amd64, it has a larger range.  Any objections to adding
> definitions of __TIME_MIN and __TIME_MAX to sys/${arch}/_limits.h?
> I could just do the usual check for lossage after casting, except that
> in theory time_t could be a floating-point value (but not in reality
> in FreeBSD).  It seems cleaner to me to have an explicit range.

XSI:	time_t and clock_t shall be integer or real-floating types.

The range should be derived from th type.  Defining separate values
outside the implementation namespace might be OK, but keeping those
values synchronized with the size_t is likely to be painful for
years to come.

-- Terry

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