2008.08.19 05:17 "[Tiff] Regarding DICONDE and its Specification", by Harsha

2008.08.23 17:39 "Re: [Tiff] creating sparse files......", by Rogier Wolff

On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 12:51:17PM -0400, Gene Amtower wrote:

On Sat, 2008-08-23 at 17:58 +0200, Rogier Wolff wrote:

There are standards that imply the answer "8" from the short program above, and correct results from the code I suggested.

As I lurk through this string of posts, I wonder if there's an underlying concern that's not overtly stated in these discussions. Since the libtiff library is so widely used, is there a general concern with the completeness or correctness of the POSIX standard itself, or is there concern with how thoroughly the POSIX standard is implemented on the wide variety of platforms that libtiff will encounter?

Apparently, Bob is afraid that some part of the programming interface simply doesn't work.

Programming defensively means that if you're not sure it will work, you don't use it. Bob isn't sure, he's not prepared to use it.

I strongly think that the standard and the implementations are close enough that they can be used.



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