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1. About the GNU Coding Standards

The GNU Coding Standards were written by Richard Stallman and other GNU Project volunteers. Their purpose is to make the GNU system clean, consistent, and easy to install. This document can also be read as a guide to writing portable, robust and reliable programs. It focuses on programs written in C, but many of the rules and principles are useful even if you write in another programming language. The rules often state reasons for writing in a certain way.

Corrections or suggestions for this document should be sent to bug-standards@gnu.org. If you make a suggestion, please include a suggested new wording for it; our time is limited. We prefer a context diff to the `standards.texi' or `make-stds.texi' files, but if you don't have those files, please mail your suggestion anyway.

This release of the GNU Coding Standards was last updated February 21, 2001.

If you did not obtain this file directly from the GNU project and recently, please check for a newer version. You can ftp the GNU Coding Standards from any GNU FTP host in the directory `/pub/gnu/standards/'. The GNU Coding Standards are available there in several different formats: `standards.text', `standards.texi', `standards.info', and `standards.dvi'. The GNU Coding Standards are also available on the GNU World Wide Web server: http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards_toc.html.

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