Subject: Re: `sys_errlist' in `stdio.h'
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Alan Peakall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/12/1996 09:21:20
> > extern const char *const sys_errlist;
> I have no problem with the declaration, as I believe that the const
> qualifiers provide significant benefit (more on this later). But
> after surveying some of the other OS's we have at the office, it
> would seem that <errno.h> is a more appropriate place for it than
Moving the declaration to <errno.h> would address the original problem,
as ``old'' code should no more know about that header than about `const'.
> Well "new" code that has to access sys_errlst directly (like the
> implementation of strerror itself)
Are there other examples outside libraries ? Surely casting away `const'
in the implementation of _library_ code is implicitly sanctioned in
ANSI-C by the specification of `strtol(3)'. In detail
extern long strtol( const char *, /* In Str */
char **, /* Out Endp */
int ); /* In Base */
where, in updating `*Endp', the implementation must cast away the `const'