Re: [dev] stderr: unnecessary?

From: Connor Lane Smith <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 07:28:48 +0100

On 12 June 2010 07:16, Kris Maglione <> wrote:
> Are we talking about in some hypothetical world where all computers are 64
> bit or all C libraries define ssize_t to be a 64 bit int, or are we talking
> about practical reality, where most computers are still 32 bit and nearly
> all C libraries define size_t as the size of a machine word (and are highly
> unlikely to ever do different)?

Well, my original message was in response to:

On 11 June 2010 21:15, Anders Andersson <> wrote:
> 2GB might be silly now, much as 2MB
> was silly 20 years ago. I can't see why it would be extraordinarily
> silly to read in/map 2GB from a file 10 years from now.

Do you honestly believe in 10 years most computers will remain 32 bit,
with a maximum of 4GB of memory? Do you not think libraries may
evolve? Well, okay I guess - it must still shock you that Unix is no
longer 18 bit!

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