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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] removal of "static foo = 0"
    Followup to:  <>
    By author: Alan Cox <>
    In newsgroup:
    > That isnt what Andries is arguing about. Read harder. Its semantic differences
    > rather than code differences.
    > static int a=0;
    > says 'I thought about this. I want it to start at zero. I've written it this
    > way to remind of the fact'
    > Sure it generates the same code

    The problem is that it doesn't. One could argue this is a gcc bug or
    rather missed optimization.

    One can, of course, also write:

    static int a /* = 0 */;

    ... to make it clear to human programmers without making gcc make bad

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