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The GNU C library is compatible with the C standard adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI): American National Standard X3.159-1989---"ANSI C". The header files and library facilities that make up the GNU library are a superset of those specified by the ANSI C standard.

If you are concerned about strict adherence to the ANSI C standard, you should use the `-ansi' option when you compile your programs with the GNU C compiler. This tells the compiler to define only ANSI standard features from the library header files, unless you explicitly ask for additional features. See section Feature Test Macros, for information on how to do this.

Being able to restrict the library to include only ANSI C features is important because ANSI C puts limitations on what names can be defined by the library implementation, and the GNU extensions don't fit these limitations. See section Reserved Names, for more information about these restrictions.

This manual does not attempt to give you complete details on the differences between ANSI C and older dialects. It gives advice on how to write programs to work portably under multiple C dialects, but does not aim for completeness.

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