Subject: Re: lib/19638: isalpha (3) bug
To: Andrew Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Mike Cheponis <mac@Wireless.Com>
Date: 01/03/2003 17:00:52
On Fri, 3 Jan 2003, Andrew Brown wrote:
> feeding 135471234 to isalpha() and expecting a sensible result is like
> feeding 135471234 to asin() and expecting a sensible result or like
> calling fprintf() with NULL for the fp. all those inputs are outside
> the proscribed domains of the functions. how a program handles that
> is not defined by any standard. it is up to the program to make sure
> that it does not exceed the domain of a function, not the system.
I don't want to talk about pointers, I've already said that.
Even if I send 1123334 to asin(), I do -not- expect a segfault!
And, to make my point, sending 12498454 to islpha works on FreeBSD and BSDI,
giving the correct result (0).
What I'm trying to say is:
1) libc "should" be held to higher standard.
2) Other respected implementations do this.
3) We don't because of performance considerations? Hmmm....