11.1 About `catgets'
The `catgets' implementation is defined in the X/Open Portability
Guide, Volume 3, XSI Supplementary Definitions, Chapter 5. But the
process of creating this standard seemed to be too slow for some of the
Unix vendors so they created their implementations on preliminary
versions of the standard. Of course this leads again to problems while
writing platform independent programs: even the usage of `catgets' does
not guarantee a unique interface.
Another, personal comment on this that only a bunch of committee
members could have made this interface. They never really tried to
program using this interface. It is a fast, memory-saving
implementation, an user can happily live with it. But programmers hate
it (at least I and some others do...)
But we must not forget one point: after all the trouble with
transferring the rights on Unix(tm) they at last came to X/Open, the
very same who published this specification. This leads me to making
the prediction that this interface will be in future Unix standards
(e.g. Spec1170) and therefore part of all Unix implementation
(implementations, which are _allowed_ to wear this name).
* Interface to catgets The interface
* Problems with catgets Problems with the `catgets' interface?!
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