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[Bug-readline] Re: [bug-inetutils] inetutils-1.8: ftp build error

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: [Bug-readline] Re: [bug-inetutils] inetutils-1.8: ftp build error
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 10:33:09 -0400

   > This is a known bug, the reason if I recall is that readline
   > exports xmalloc and xrealloc is to allow programs to hook their
   > own version into readline.  So the readline maintainer has
   > declined any fixes for this.

   This is a severe bug. It makes readline useless for any project
   that uses gnulib.

I should note that this was from my recollection, but I agree, it is
painful.  Here is what Chet had to say on the topic:

Re: [Bug-readline] [PATCH] hide symbols for helper xmalloc/xrealloc/xfree 

| > libreadline is exporting symbols for its internal helper
| > xmalloc/xrealloc/xfree functions.  These function names are
| > quite common, but might not behave exactly the same way as
| > readline expects.
| I want applications to have the option to override these functions if
| they so choose.

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