Better than POSIX?
Posted Mar 17, 2009 22:21 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
In reply to: Better than POSIX?
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I think it also duty of application developers to ensure their applications work on POSIX if they are writing UNIX applications.
Those applications do work on POSIX systems. They also happen to leave hordes of little empty files after a crash, something which, as has been argued ad nauseam
, is a POSIX-compliant way of dealing with a crash. It is also POSIX-compliant to make the user hunt these little buggers and remove them, or to provide valid contents. It seems that it is even POSIX-compliant to zero the whole disk on crash, something which these applications kindly refrain from doing. See? nobody is ignoring POSIX specification and compliance.
Just joking. You are right that people should respect the spec, but I think that POSIX compliance is not the problem here. In fact POSIX is just a red herring that Ted Ts'o threw in the way to make the hounds lose the scent. Apparently he failed, but he left the hounds half-crazed and biting each other for a long time.
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