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SubjectRe: [PATCH] removal of "static foo = 0"
On Sat, 25 Nov 2000, Tim Waugh wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 25, 2000 at 10:53:00PM +0000, James A Sutherland wrote:
>
> > Which is silly. The variable is explicitly defined to be zero
> > anyway, whether you put this in your code or not.
>
> Why doesn't the compiler just leave out explicit zeros from the
> 'initial data' segment then? Seems like it ought to be tought to..

yes, taught to, _BUT_ never let this to be a default option, please.
Because there are valid cases where a programmer things "this is in .data"
and that means this should be in .data. Think of binary patching an object
as one valid example (there may be others, I forgot).

Regards,
Tigran

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