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Date:      Mon, 24 Jan 2000 14:06:15 -0700
From:      Wes Peters <wes@softweyr.com>
To:        Matthew Dillon <dillon@apollo.backplane.com>
Cc:        hackers@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: kern/13644
Message-ID:  <388CBEC7.BC807C68@softweyr.com>
References:  <000001bf669f$94c4ec70$021d85d1@youwant.to> <200001242006.PAA35725@misha.cisco.com> <20000124125150.C26520@fw.wintelcom.net> <200001242035.MAA91877@apollo.backplane.com>

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Matthew Dillon wrote:
> 
> :The manpage has been updated in -current:
> :
> :     If timeout is a non-nil pointer, it specifies the maximum interval to
> :     wait for the selection to complete.  System activity can lengthen the in-
> :     terval by an indeterminate amount.
> :
> :     If timeout is a nil pointer, the select blocks indefinitely.
> :
> :     To effect a poll, the timeout argument should be non-nil, pointing to a
> :     zero-valued timeval structure.
> :
> :If no one objects I'll be committing it to -stable and praying to the
> :gods that this thread dies.
> :
> :-Alfred
> 
>     'nil' ?  'nil' is the designation for an ascii 0, not a pointer.
>     Please use 'null' or 'NULL' -- for example, look at the gettimeofday
>     man page.  'nil' has nothing to do with pointers.

More correctly, 'nul' or 'NUL' are ASCII character 0.  'nil' is a pascal phrase
that should *not* find its way into the general UNIX lexicon.

-- 
            "Where am I, and what am I doing in this handbasket?"

Wes Peters                                                         Softweyr LLC
wes@softweyr.com                                           http://softweyr.com/


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