that old GNU/Linux argument

Alan Cox alan at
Fri Jul 25 19:08:10 UTC 2008

> Except that when they were written, no system exactly matched what they 
> specified so you couldn't rely on them to work although they might have 
> been useful to point fingers at the non-complying implementations.

Very much untrue. If you stuck to what POSIX guaranteed then you got very
portable code. If there was problem with early POSIX it was much more
that there were a ton of things it didn't specify and thus a strictly
POSIX compliant process couldn't do a lot of useful stuff (like


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