Subject: Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2)
To: Dag-Erling Smorgrav <>
From: Assar Westerlund <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/08/1999 05:04:45
Dag-Erling Smorgrav <> writes:
> > And besides, I really don't think this is a grep function but actually
> > is useful for programs that don't have any strategy for handling out
> > of memory errors and might as well die (with a descriptive error
> > message, of course).  Let's call it emalloc and let's put in somewhere
> > where it can be used.
> Too simple to warrant that, and other programs will likely want to
> handle the error differently.

I don't agree.

1. this is a small function, but it's useful in lots of programs
2. that helps lazy programmers write code that actually checks for
error returns instead of just ignoring them
3. it helps lots of programs that don't do anything intelligent (or
for which there isn't much bright things to do) when allocating memory
4. having it in a library means it's more likely to be correct
(i.e. sz == 0)

but then again, I don't get to decide what goes in *BSD libc/libutil.
In my library there's already a emalloc, ecalloc, and erealloc.