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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Autoregulate vm swappiness cleanup
    On Tue, 28 Oct 2003 10:54:56 EST, "Richard B. Johnson" said:

    > I keep hearing 'pollutes the global namespace' all the time, now. Do
    > you mean that 'C' code designers actually intend to use the same
    > name for different procedures or objects in different files?

    Right. Exactly.

    That's why you need to have module1_debug_level, module2_debug_level,
    module3_debug_level and so on, rather than have a 'debug_level' that's visible
    in module1, another that's visible in module2, and a third that's visible in
    module3. Note that you *CAN* do that if module1, module2, and module3 are all
    *single* .c files simply by declaring it 'static int debug_level;'. But if you
    decide to splt module1 and module2 into 2 .c files each, suddenly you need to
    rename *both* variables....

    And I'm *positive* that *nobody* on this list has done that, forgotten to
    rename the variables, and then wondered why module1 has 'debug_level = 1;' in
    it and the debugging output starts and then mysteriously stops some random time
    after (because module2 has 'debug_level = 0;' in it...)

    Yes, C does not have a C++ idea of "private data". My point is that quite
    often, the use of 'static' to simulate it is the reason for very large .c

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