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I don't see any way in which string.h is less abstract in the "close to metal" sense than a real string or vector library (or Rust) is. The standard C library offers abstractions, just poor ones.

Not sure why this is being downvoted. Whether or not anyone out there likes Rust, dislikes Rust, or is completely apathetic to Rust, we can unanimously agree that the standard string-handling routines in C are quite poor. This isn't a controversial statement.

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