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Subject: system()
From: francis @ avalle . insoft . com (John [Francis] Stracke)
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 1994 13:29:14 +0500
To: firewalls @ GreatCircle . COM
In-reply-to: *Hobbit*'s message of Mon, 4 Apr 1994 03:07:54 -0400 <9404040707 . AA28009 @ ftp . com>

>Since this sort of BASIC-grade programming is such a perennial problem, perhaps
>someone should write a safe_system() to replace such calls with, that does
>more arg checking, flushes dangerous things, warns of impending lossage, etc?
>One or more instances of this should have been written ten years ago.

It'd be AI-complete.  How do you know what's dangerous & what's not?
I'd rather not have people thinking safe_system() is safe when it
really isn't.

|John (Francis) Stracke  | My opinions are my own.                          |
|InSoft, Inc.            |==================================================|
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