standards/51292: [PATCH] add ecvt()/fcvt()/gcvt() functions (SUSv3)

slave-mike slave-mike at
Sat Jan 17 16:23:57 PST 2004

David Schultz wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 13, 2004, mi+mx at wrote:
>> Some open-source applications would like to use these functions and
>> are forced to provide their own (mostly GPL-ed) implementations.
> Can you be more specific?  What open-source applications require
> them?  My reluctance to add these functions stems from the
> apparent paucity of such applications.  Nobody has complained
> about their absence in the last decade, so if we're going to put
> them in libc forever even after POSIX has officially deprecated
> them, we need to make sure that decision is well-justified.
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Why do they have to in libc?
Shouldn't we be able to make a port or such that can be installed to 
handle these special case situtations?


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