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Tests for module 'modf-ieee'. * modules/modf-ieee-tests: New file. * tests/test-modf-ieee.c: New file.
author Bruno Haible <>
date Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:55:21 +0100
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@node error and progname
@section error and progname
@findex error
@findex progname
@vindex program_name

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The @code{error} function uses the @code{program_name} variable, but
does not depend on the @code{progname} module.  Why?  Because
@code{error} is released under the LGPL, whereas @code{progname} is
GPL.  RMS does not want additional baggage accompanying the
@code{error} module, so an LGPL user must provide their own
replacement @code{program_name}, and a GPL user should manually
specify using the @code{progname} module.

Additionally, using the @code{progname} module is not something that
can be done implicitly. It requires that every @code{main} function
be modified to set @code{program_name} as one of its first actions.