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[bug-mdk] Re: mdk-1.0 and snprintf()

From: Nelson H. F. Beebe
Subject: [bug-mdk] Re: mdk-1.0 and snprintf()
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 07:27:31 -0600 (MDT)

As a followup to my previous note about the use of the nonstandard
snprintf() function in mdk-1.0, I just found that the rsync
distribution from, e.g.,


contains an implementation of snprintf(), whose comment header begins

 * Copyright Patrick Powell 1995
 * This code is based on code written by Patrick Powell (address@hidden)
 * It may be used for any purpose as long as this notice remains intact
 * on all source code distributions

As an experiment, I copied that file into the mdk-1.0/lib directory,
added it to the library with

        make snprintf.o
        ar r libreplace.a snprintf.o
        ranlib libreplace.a

then in the top-level directory, overrode the long LIBS setting by
inserting a reference to libreplace.a at the start:

        make LIBS='-L/local/build/mdk-1.0/lib -lreplace -lhistory \
                -lreadline -lncurses  -L/usr/local/lib -lguile -lm \
                -L/usr/local/lib -lgmodule -lglib -L/usr/local/lib \
                -L/usr/local/lib -lgtk -lgdk -lgmodule -lglib -lintl \
                -lXext -lXext -lX11 -ldnet_stub -lm' check

All of the validation tests then passed.

It should thus be a simple matter in future mdk releases to
incorporate this implementation of snprintf().

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