About extensible prinf(3), a slightly long X-mas card

Luigi Rizzo rizzo at icir.org
Sat Dec 17 03:27:07 PST 2005

On Sat, Dec 17, 2005 at 12:18:11PM +0100, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message <20051217030513.A82342 at xorpc.icir.org>, Luigi Rizzo writes:
> >I love the idea of extensible printf, and it's way way useful
> >when handling ip addresses, hexdump and whatnot; but
> >portability is an issue, and nobody would use it if
> >the source code doesn't port to other systems.
> Everything under the sun has a portability cost these days because
> the portable subset of the UNIX API is still too small to support
> sensible programming.
> For an extensible printf, I see little reason to add yet another
> API, the GLIBC people got here first, the API is not optimal, but
> it does work.

so let me understand - perhaps i am missing this point.

are you saying that if you link a program that uses these extensions
with glibc it behaves as expected ?  Then the portability issue
would disappear (i.e. moves elsewhere where hopefully it has been
solved already).


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