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Bionic is a very small C library because we have decided to *not* implement various features
of the POSIX standard. we only add functions on a as-needed basis, and there are a few things
we wish we'll never put in there.
this file is here to document explicitely what we don't want to support in Bionic:
- C++ exceptions are not supported. on embedded systems, they lead to extremely larger and
slower code for no good reason (even when so-called zero-cost exception schemes are
implemented, they enforce very large numbers of registers spills to the stack, even
in functions that do not throw an exception themselves).
- pthread cancellation is *not* supported. this seemingly simple "feature" is the source
of much bloat and complexity in a C library. Besides, you'd better write correct
multi-threaded code instead of relying on this stuff.
- pthread_once() doesn't support C++ exceptions thrown from the init function, or the init
function doing a fork().
- locales and wide characters are not supported. we use ICU for all this i18n stuff, which
is much better than the ill-designed related C libraries functions.
- at the moment, several user-account-related functions like getpwd are stubbed and return
the values corresponding to root. this will be fixed when we'll be able to have distinct
users on the Android filesystem. :-(
see bionic/stubs.c for the details