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Re: lib/41894: [dM] printw return value wrong

The following reply was made to PR lib/41894; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Brett Lymn <>
Subject: Re: lib/41894: [dM] printw return value wrong
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 14:22:22 +0930

 On Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 04:25:01AM +0000, der Mouse wrote:
 >  In off-ticket correspnodence, someone pointed out to me that there's a
 >  RETURN VALUES section which specifies the existing return values.
 According to SUSv2 the return values section is correct.  The only values
 returned by printw() and friends are ERR and OK.
 >  So the manpage contradicts itself, and needs updating whether or not
 >  anything is done to the code - either the RETURN VALUES section needs
 >  updating or the description needs to note that the return value is not
 >  an aspect of printf's interface which is carried over to printw's.
 This is a doc bug - the phrase "the same as" should be changed to
 "similar to" which is a synonym for the SUSv2 wording of "analogous"
 >  Naturally, I'd prefer to see the printf-like behaviour, since that's
 >  the more useful, but, if SUS specifies the less informative behaviour,
 >  then this really is just ("just", heh) a doc-bug.
 Much as I agree witht he sentiment of the usefulness of the printf like
 behaviour SUSv2 disagrees..
 Brett Lymn
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