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author Karl Berry <>
date Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:08:47 -0800
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Status for libposix

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Status for the libposix branch

Bruce Korb says:

I think a real big step in libposix is to get a little experience with it.
There are also some few little nits pointed out in the discussions that
need some careful consideration, but some experience in using it would
be good, too.  The intended/expected usage is along the lines of:

1.  configure, build and install the thing.  Perhaps from:
    or roll your own, but the distribution should be there, I think.

2.  fiddle a project to detect that it is "sufficiently recent" to
    cover the needs of this unnamed project.  That is an interesting
    issue, though:  the concept behind "configure" is that you do
    feature tests rather than version testing.  However, if you choose
    to not test the version of libposix and test the features you
    need of libposix, then I have an extremely difficult time trying
    to understand the point of libposix -- you are back to running
    a bunch of feature tests that take too long.  Testing for a
    libposix current as of some marker (version number or date)
    seems right to me, though there are some caveats to consider
    regarding "retired" POSIX features.

    Anyway, the "fiddle a project" should boil down to testing
    for libposix in some way and then dying if it is not up to snuff.

3.  configure, build, test, install and test installation of said project.

TODO list for master

Bruno Haible says:

1) ... 7)
  proposed by Gary in the thread starting at
  [PATCH 0/7] contents of topic/libposix for merge to master
  in <>

1) Allow generate header files to coexist without shadowing each other.


  Still missing: dealing with include_next and old compilers, cf.

2) Allow using libgnu's file name in module descriptions.


3) iconv_open's file file list

  libposix needs to install only selected headers, not all of them. Let the
  script look at the 'Include:' section of each module description.

4) Module libposix

  More discussion needed

5) Installable headers

  Patch to be rewritten to use nobase_nodist_include_HEADERS,
  also need to add an Automake conditional to distinguish libposix from
  other projects.
  Also see whether the Automake bug can be fixed.

6) libposix subdirectory


7) use git-version-gen for version numbering

  Patch to be revised.

8) Licensing

  Status: A majority of the issues have been handled.
  Obsolete modules (free, memcpy) can be ignored.
  To be done:

9) Versioning

  Status: No real plan exists.