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SubjectRe: [PATCH] removal of "static foo = 0" from drivers/ide (test11)

On Thu, 23 Nov 2000 12:01:53 Rusty Russell wrote:
>
> What irritates about these monkey-see-monkey-do patches is that if I
> initialize a variable to NULL, it's because my code actually relies on
> it; I don't want that information eliminated.
>

What I understood from the previous answer from Tigran is that you can
avoid initializations to ZERO or NULL, because the BSS is zeroed (ie, all
variables you declare static os global in a module are zeroed) at
kernel start.

As I understand from compiler working, if you put a statement like
int a = 0;
int b = 0;
all variables that have an initial value are stored contiguous in the
data segment of the executable and an image of their initial values has
to be stored with the binary. So if a program like

int a[16384];
int main() {}

gives a binary of 13k, if you write it as

int a[16384] = {0};
int main() {}

it has to store the 64k of a, just to put a 0 in the first place and
make the exec size to 78k.

ANSI rules for C say that uninitialized vars get a 0, but you can't trust
on the ANSI behaviour of a compiler.

Obviuosly, you have to leave your initializations to 7 or -1 in place.

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