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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.3.48] initrd fix (Mike Galbraith)
    > Is there any reason (apart from making vmlinux and kernel binary images larger)
    > for explicitly initialising variables with 0 when they will be placed in the
    > BSS anyway?

    Long long ago (before 1.0) the kernel didnt zero the BSS. Some legacy of
    that survives in old assignments - otherwise none

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