What I Hate About Your Programming Language
Subject:   Another C Nitpick
Date:   2003-05-13 17:00:40
From:   anonymous2
<quote> Quick, what are the differences between execl, execlp, execle, execv, and execvp? If you're not using these every day, you'll be hitting man 3 exec often.</quote>

If you aren't using these every day, you won't be hitting man 3 exec that often!

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  • Another C Nitpick
    2003-05-13 18:56:10  anonymous2 [View]

    The issue I have with this statement is that exec and friends aren't part of the C standard library at all--they're part of UNIX (or if we're talking about real standards, POSIX).

    I personally just use exec() and skip all the other variants (which are mainly just prettification), but this is really only something that *NIX programmers have to deal with (similarly with the crypticness of the variants on the name exec). You're definitely not going to find exec() and its umpteen variants named as such in the Windows API. So it's really not a valid critique of C at all, but of UNIX.