strcpy -> strlcpy?

Matthew Dillon dillon at
Sat Jan 1 11:04:00 PST 2005

:Is it worth changing strcpy to strlcpy?
:style(9) mentions this only for new code but it would be quite easy to
:fix the tree (as OpenBSD has).

    I think the answer is 'yes', because it makes audits easier, but
    it's also very easy to make mistakes when doing such conversions
    (e.g. like accidently using sizeof(variable) where variable is a
    pointer rather then a buffer), so any such patches would have to
    be carefully reviewed.  Feed them slowly :-)

					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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