need info: %r in printf

Henry Spencer henry at utzoo.UUCP
Sun Oct 16 14:34:18 AEST 1983

Unfortunately, Guido van Rossum's solution to the lack of %r (declaring
a whole bunch of arguments) isn't portable either.  If you call a function
declared with m arguments and pass it n arguments, m != n, the resulting
behavior is machine-dependent.  In particular, you are *not* guaranteed
that the first passed argument will show up as the first declared one.
/* VARARGS 1 */ doesn't help -- it just shuts lint up, without affecting
how the compiler deals with the situation.
				Henry Spencer @ U of Toronto Zoology

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