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From: Reece Dunn (msclrhd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-05-28 05:08:39

John Nagle wrote:
>Reece Dunn wrote:
>>Different programmers favour the different semantics, so I ask: why not
>>parameterise it, providing a default behaviour.
> As with "do we null-terminate", I think we have to pick a
>behavior and stick to it. I could live with either set of
>semantics, but adding a parameter makes the issue more confusing.
>(And you have to supply conversions.) Most strings are sized a bit too
>big, anyway.

Ok. I'll stick with the existing "add an extra character for null", since
there seems to be more people wanting that style semantics.

> On a related subject, we should have unconditional null termination.
>"fixed_string" items are always null-terminated. "snprintf",
>"strncat", etc. have hazardous semantics: if you overflow the string,
>it is not null terminated. (This is a bug in my
>current version, incidentally.) We should guarantee null
>termination in all cases. The whole point of this
>class is improved safety, after all.

My implementation ensures this. If it does not, then it is a bug.


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