ISO C 9x time API: delay

Antoine Leca Antoine.Leca at
Fri Oct 9 09:58:29 UTC 1998

Markus Kuhn wrote:
> "Clive D.W. Feather" wrote on 1998-10-08 19:25 UTC:
> > This is not the right standard for a delay function; that's a much more
> > OS-specific operation and belongs in an OS standard like POSIX.
> The distinction of what belongs into a programming language standard and
> what belongs into an OS standard is generally pretty arbitrary and based
> mostly on historic accidents.

Can I suggest a way to output?

Historically, the C Standard library have been partly defined
by the specs of the C language, and partly by the specs for ???ix.
This is even true for time (time_t, timezones), as we all know here.

This will be true of the results of our cogitations, any way
we take them: effectively, the specs for C ought to be *very*
compatible with the current state of Posix (and beyond, SUS2).

What will be part of the C standard, and what will not, will be
determined by the C committee, as I cannot see any task for
which it is more aimed at!
And the rest of the proposal ought to go in OS standards like

So I do not think Markus should refrain himself to propose
a delay function to the C committee (betting on the desires
of the Commitee is the safest way to produce wrong specs, IMHO).


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