DragonFly commits List (threaded) for 2005-04
Re: cvs commit: src/include stdlib.h
Lets not turn this into a huge argument, please.
I'll make my position re: size_t vs int very clear: size_t should ONLY
be used for I/O calls that are designed to pass arbitrary pointers to
the system. It should NOT be used for calls that expect fairly small
structures (as in less then 2GB in size). Where we aren't in conflict
with some standard, 'int' should be used for such calls.
I've said this before and I'll say it again... just because a negative
value isn't allowed by a procedure call doesn't mean that one must
necessarily pass an unsigned type to it. Unsigned types can wreak havoc
on programs and they unnecessarily restrict the programmer's flexibility.
For example, a very common practice is to initialize a value to an
illegal value (such as -1) in order to be able to determine later on
whether the variable has been set by an option or for some other
reason. For example, a procedure that looks something up in an array
might use -1 to indicate item-not-found. When you start messing around
with unsigned types you screw up those kinds of programming methodologies.
The committee idiots made sizeof() return an unsigned value, and look
at the mess that has created? We don't want to repeat the same mistake.