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Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:28:37 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Priorities for next release?

On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 09:05:41PM +0200, Daniel Cegiełka wrote:
> >> what you think? It works for me... so why basename(argv[0])?
> >>
> >> Daniel
> >
> > basename() is for stripping path objects, for example, when you run
> > prog via full path, /bin/true, basename("/bin/true") = "true"
> >
> > See man 3 basename
> Indeed, it is better. However, if you run from $PATH, it works ok
> without basename().

I was just trying to duplicate existing behavior, which is for
__progname to be the basename-only part. By the way, if patching the
program to have its own global var, it must not be named __progname
but progname or something else. __progname (beginning with 2
underscores) is in the namespace reserved for the implementation and
it's a bug for an application to define names in this space.


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