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Bug 161296 - Extraneous #define from ctype.h
Summary: Extraneous #define from ctype.h
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: glibc
Version: 4
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jakub Jelinek
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-22 03:35 UTC by Ralph Loader
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-06-22 15:40:42 UTC

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Description Ralph Loader 2005-06-22 03:35:59 UTC
Description of problem:

When _BSD_SOURCE is defined, <ctype.h> defines extraneous macros such as BIG_ENDIAN.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


Steps to Reproduce:

Compile the following:

#define _BSD_SOURCE
#include <ctype.h>

Actual results:

/home/rloader/temp.c:3:1: warning: "BIG_ENDIAN" redefined
In file included from /usr/include/ctype.h:41,
                 from /home/rloader/temp.c:2:
/usr/include/endian.h:47:1: warning: this is the location of the previous definition

Expected results:

I don't think that there should be a warning;  ctype.h shouldn't be defining
BIG_ENDIAN even with _BSD_SOURCE - at least it doesn't on modern BSD systems as
far as I can see.  (Apologies if that is indeed intended).

Comment 1 Jakub Jelinek 2005-06-22 08:24:43 UTC
I don't think _BSD_SOURCE has similar rigorous namespace requirements as _XOPEN*,
because no standard is defining the namespace.
<ctype.h> needs <endian.h> for the bit testing macros in that header.
If there was a standard that required <ctype.h> must not include <endian.h>,
then the solution would be obvious, play with __need_* macros in endian.h
like some other headers do.  But for _BSD_SOURCE, this is not that obvious
something like that is really needed.

Comment 2 Ulrich Drepper 2005-06-22 15:40:42 UTC
There are no namespace guarantees for anything but POSIX and x/open modes.

Comment 3 Ralph Loader 2005-06-22 21:10:26 UTC
Compiling as C++ with _XOPEN_SOURCE and without _BSD_SOURCE also gives the
warning.  Is it intended to give namespace guarentees in that case?

$ cat
// Compile as C++
#include <ctype.h>

$ g++ -D_XOPEN_SOURCE=600 -c warning: "BIG_ENDIAN" redefined
In file included from /usr/include/ctype.h:41,
/usr/include/endian.h:47:1: warning: this is the location of the previous definition

Comment 4 Jakub Jelinek 2005-06-22 21:14:00 UTC
That's because g++ (at the moment) implies _GNU_SOURCE, which has no namespace
guarantees either.

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