Standards Update, IEEE 1003.1: System services interface

henry at henry at
Sat Apr 7 03:42:01 AEST 1990

From: henry at

>From: peter at ficc.uucp (Peter da Silva)
>What about Eric Allman's "parseargs" (or my modified version), which have
>finally fulfilled the promise of "getopt" to make argument parsing easy?

What about it?  I fear it's a bit late and not sufficiently widely used
to make it into POSIX, which is (mostly) supposed to be standardizing
existing practice.  [I'm among those who takes a dim view of the explosive
growth of POSIX committees working on standards for subjects we don't
even understand yet.]  I suspect it would also be controversial, since
some of us think getopt() does most of what's really needed.

                                    Henry Spencer at U of Toronto Zoology
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Volume-Number: Volume 19, Number 70

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