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Re: incorrect return code on vms...

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: incorrect return code on vms...
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 13:53:51 -0500 (EST)

Derek R. Price writes:
> Still, where's the harm in returning only EXIT_SUCCESS & EXIT_FAILURE on
> systems that require that and a little more information on systems which
> support it?

There isn't any.  I wasn't arguing for or against that change, just
explaining why things are the way they are.

> We're talking about a few lines in, maybe one
> in acconfig.h, a line in system.h, and a single line in main.  I'll do
> the work, or what Donald hasn't done already.

Remember that autoconf only works on Unix-like systems.  I don't think
that's a big problem, but if you're going to have multiple exit
statuses, you should probably #define them in such a way that they can
be overridden in a system-dependent way.

> P.S.  run.c already seems to non-portably _exit() with bash's 127 when
> it can't exec a program.

Like I said, CVS isn't quite there yet.

-Larry Jones

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