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On Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 02:52:21AM -0500, Carlos O'Donell wrote:
> On 11/09/2013 05:38 AM, OndÅej BÃlka wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > This adds a STATIC_GETENV macro for avoiding possible getenv bottlenecks as 
> > documented in 'Make getenv O(1)' thread.
> > 
> > As this is useful addition this could be a gnu extension.
> > 
> > An patch that converts internal getenv uses to STATIC_GETENV will
> > follow.
> > 
> > There is question if we should make STATIC_GETENV call a secure_getenv
> > by default or add STATIC_SECURE_GETENV.
> > 
> > This depends on if getenv calls in next patch could be replaced by
> > secure getenv or not.
> > 
> > So far both choices are possible.
> > 
> > 	* stdlib/stdlib.h (STATIC_GETENV): Add.
> > 	* manual/startup.texi (Environment Access): Document STATIC_GETENV.
> > 	* NEWS: Mention STATIC_GETENV.
> I like where this is going, but new functions like this will need
> quite a bit of discussion, and it isn't clear to me what uses users
> would use this where they wouldn't just cache the value themselves?
How many will? When writing code getenv/STATIC_GETENV choice is mostly
automatic, doing caching less so.

It involves adding static variable and choosing appropriate name, if
conditional and if you take standard as seriously as Rich using atomic
operations to set result.

Also when one want to refactoring with codebase containing twenty
getenvs then with STATIC_GETENV its running a script and checking which
parts makes sense.
As user it is first checking which parts make sense and then rewrite
needed parts which is a repetitive task so when one looks how much he
should do he gives up.

> One of the goals here is that we don't turn this into a "everything
> and the kitchen sink" library.
There is no risk of that, it already happened.

> Unless there is a strong argument for a new function I'm against
> adding a public API for anything the user can do easily themselves.
> Cheers,
> Carlos.

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