The library is written in ANSI C and is intended to conform to the ANSI C standard (C89). It should be portable to any system with a working ANSI C compiler.
The library does not rely on any non-ANSI extensions in the interface it exports to the user. Programs you write using GSL can be ANSI compliant. Extensions which can be used in a way compatible with pure ANSI C are supported, however, via conditional compilation. This allows the library to take advantage of compiler extensions on those platforms which support them.
When an ANSI C feature is known to be broken on a particular system the library will exclude any related functions at compile-time. This should make it impossible to link a program that would use these functions and give incorrect results.
To avoid namespace conflicts all exported function names and variables
have the prefix
gsl_, while exported macros have the prefix