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Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:50:49 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Priorities for next release?

On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 06:35:12PM +0200, Daniel Cegiełka wrote:
> >> argv[0]
> >
> > I meant program_invocation_name or whatever ugly thing glibc calls it.
> > Of course if the goal is to make BSD programs happy, that won't really
> > help. I really wish somebody would just fix these programs to save
> > argv[0] themselves if they need it (or to hard-code their own names as
> > a string literal...) rather than keeping around the historical
> > practice of poking at implementation internals of the original libc
> > they used..
> That's what I do now (patches for __progname). Unfortunately some
> linux distributions forcing __progname, even Owl:
> in Owl's popa3d we have a #ifdef, which really helps.
> extern char *__progname;
> #define progname __progname
> but for Owl's msulogin we need a patch for musl:

Couldn't this code just be fixed to add an argument to usage() and
call usage(argv[0]) or even usage(basename(argv[0])) if preferred?


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