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Re: strtonum(3) from OpenBSD?

On Aug 6, 2009, at 7:49 AM, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:

On Wed, Aug 05, 2009 at 10:48:39PM +0200, Marc Balmer wrote:

almost everything that has been brought up against having strtonum in
libc is present in strsuftoll(x):  it returns long long, it uses a
string for error reports, it does not support i18n etc.... So all the
arguments gainst strtonum are somewhat void.

Um, no. As I said earlier, NetBSD's libc does not need to be the _union_
of every mistake anyone has ever made in libc in any other Unix-like
operating sytstem.

It is unquestionably the case that there is bad code in NetBSD. That does
not in any way go to justify adding more bad code to NetBSD.

There has been nearly unanimous opposition from other developers to adding this particular code to NetBSD's libc. I suggest that unless core, who are the relevant technical management, say it's okay to add, it would really be
about the time to drop the subject, for now.

I concur whole-heartedly with everything Thor said. We are supposed to learn from our mistakes, not repeat them. If this issues needs to be decided by core, you can guess which way I'm deciding.

If you feel strongly about getting it added, speaking as a member of core, you will need to ask for and receive core's blessing.

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