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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 14:47:48 -0500 (EST)

David H. Thornley writes:
> "Derek R. Price" wrote:
> > 
> > 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?
> Because any system that requires it is broken.  I doubt that
> catering for individual broken systems is high on anybody's
> priority list (except somebody who works on that system).

I think you missed a subtle shift in the topic under discussion.  Derek
wasn't proposing redefining EXIT_SUCCESS or EXIT_FAILURE, he was
proposing adding additional exit statuses (e.g. EXIT_SOME_DIFFERENCES)
that can have distinct values on systems that support multiple exit
statuses or can be defined as EXIT_SUCCESS or EXIT_FAILURE on system
that only support a binary success/failure status.

-Larry Jones

My upbringing is filled with inconsistent messages. -- Calvin

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