Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:44:59 -0400 From: Rich Felker <dalias@...ifal.cx> To: musl@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Best bikeshed ever (feature test macros) On Sun, Sep 02, 2012 at 05:27:26PM +0200, Arvid E. Picciani wrote: > On Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:19:18 -0400, Rich Felker wrote: > > >If software is already correctly using feature test macros, it's > >getting an environment it selected, not the default environment, so > >changing the default will have no effect on such software. > > I see, thanks. But then there is no software that benefits from the > default kitchen sink. > So it seems like a pseudo option put up just to show how bad it is :) Well, glibc seems to be the only major system that's essentially locked the default profile to a certain point in history, and forced the use of a feature test macro to access even its own newer features. Most of the BSDs reportedly make (their version of) the kitchen sink available by default, so such a behavior might be more compatible with certain software that was intended only for use on BSD. Aside from that, I agree that option 2 is mostly a pseudo-option. Rich
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