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4. Program Behavior for All Programs

This node describes conventions for writing robust software. It also describes general standards for error messages, the command line interface, and how libraries should behave.

4.1 Writing Robust Programs  Writing robust programs
4.2 Library Behavior  Library behavior
4.3 Formatting Error Messages  Formatting error messages
4.4 Standards for Interfaces Generally  Standards about interfaces generally
4.5 Standards for Graphical Interfaces  Standards for graphical interfaces
4.6 Standards for Command Line Interfaces  Standards for command line interfaces
4.7 Table of Long Options  Table of long options
4.8 Memory Usage  When and how to care about memory needs
4.9 File Usage  Which files to use, and where

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