Re: Complaint about return code convention in queue_work() etc.

From: Alan Stern
Date: Sun Aug 20 2006 - 18:34:20 EST

On Mon, 21 Aug 2006, Jan Engelhardt wrote:

> >> Recently introduced "bool".
> >
> >I haven't seen the new definition of "bool", but it can't possibly provide
> >a strong distinction between integers and booleans. That is, if x is
> >declared as an integer rather than as a bool, the compiler won't complain
> >about "if (x) ...".
> Only Java will get you this distinction.

Not true. It exists in Ruby. :-)

> I would be comfortable with a
> feature where conditionals (like if() and ?:) enforce a bool showing
> up in C/C++, but it's not easy to get into the mainline gcc.

I think relying on an agreed-upon convention is the best we can do.

Alan Stern

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