3 May 2002 remle   » (Journeyer)

It's been a while since I've posted. I'm ready to write another version of the smtp server I wrote for work, but I would like to use Apache 2.x as the underlying system. I haven't been able to convince work that this could should be an open source project. I'm the only hardcore C programmer here, so having others look at the code would be of tremendous help.

I've been playing with mod_virgule code. StevenRainwater has been very responsive about my needs. I even submitted a patch for a bug, but Steven found that the bug is much deeper and has posted an even bigger patch. I'm playing with this code too so I can use it for a birding site that I've been trying to do for years. I would be cool if anything could be rated (ie diary entries, articles, etc). However, it seems like that is going to take a while to do.

I bought 'The GNU C Library Reference Manual' 2 weeks ago and did a fast read of it. I like how glibc2 added dynamic buffer allocations for things like sprintf (ie asprintf). Also of interest was the hash and tree functions as well as argp (a getopt alternative). There are a bunch of useful functions in glibc2 that my linux system doesn't have man pages for, so the books (it is 2 volumes) are going to be very useful. Oh, one thing that interested me very much was that all the stream functions (ie fprint etc) do intristic locking so that those functions are thread safe. It seems you get that even if you aren't writing a threaded program. There are corresponding _unlocked functions if you don't want locking.

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