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Re: [RFC][PATCH v8 06/16] Provide backward compatibility for strftime family (bug 10871).
- From: Florian Weimer <fweimer at redhat dot com>
- To: Rafal Luzynski <digitalfreak at lingonborough dot com>
- Cc: libc-alpha at sourceware dot org
- Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:10:59 +0200
- Subject: Re: [RFC][PATCH v8 06/16] Provide backward compatibility for strftime family (bug 10871).
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On 06/28/2017 12:04 PM, Rafal Luzynski wrote:
> As %OB format specifier has been added to strftime/wcsftime
> family of functions backward compatibility implementation must be
> provided for older binaries which assume that %B returns
> a month name in the nominative case.
I think this is a misuse of a compatibility symbols.
Either the reinterpretation of %B is okay, and then it should apply to
old binaries as well, or it is not, and then we should not do it and use
%OB for the new variant (avoiding the backwards compatibility issue
I still think that the reinterpretation %B is quite wrong, needlessly
breaking backwards compatibility for most languages which benefit from
the change, but I won't stay in the way of consensus on this matter.
However, the compatibility symbol is wrong, and I'm sustaining my objection.