RE: [PATCH] C undefined behavior fix

Date: Thu Jan 03 2002 - 08:28:37 EST

<<No, in fact the kernel isn't written in ANSI C. :)
If nothing else, the fact that it uses a lot of gcc-specific
extensions rules that out. And it assumes that you can freely cast
pointers to unsigned longs and back again. I'm sure others can add to
this list.

Most certainly this list should exist in precise defined form. It is not
unreasonable to have a specific list of features that

a) significant programs rely on, and are allowed to rely on
b) gcc promises to implement as specified, regardless of the standard

What is not reasonable is to have various people informally guess at things
that "obviously" can be expected to work in any "reasonable" C implementation.
It is this kind of informality that is asking for trouble.
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