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Re: [PATCH] mtrace: properly handle realloc (p, 0)
On Wed, 2 Jan 2013, Rich Felker wrote:
> POSIX has rewritten the specification of realloc in terms of changing
> the size of an object, a concept that does not exist in plain C (for
> very good reason).
No, it's based the specification on C90, where it starts "The realloc
function changes the size of the object". Both C99 and POSIX then made
changes from the C90 basis [*], resulting in various confusion when they
ended up not meaning quite the same thing (along with different
interpretations of the C90 text by different implementations, I expect).
[*] It's possible the divergence started longer ago and that the 1984
/usr/group standard was the most recent common ancestor of this text (for
C90 and SVID, and so now for C11 via C90 and C99, and POSIX via XPG3, XPG4
Joseph S. Myers