Re: Kernel printk format string compression: C syntax problem

From: Richard B. Johnson (
Date: Fri Jun 06 2003 - 14:16:42 EST

On Fri, 6 Jun 2003, Timothy Miller wrote:

> Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> >
> > Aren't octal values supposed to always start with '0'? I remember
> > this from some formal training when 'C' replaced Pascal. The
> > second "printf()" should __not__ TAB over the text. With GNU
> > gcc, it does. This doesn't mean that it's "correct", only that
> > GNU does it that way.
> >
> Octal values start with '0' when they're numerical values. When they're
> in strings as escape characters, the C syntax is "\nnn". Every
> reference I find says that. Some script languages, however require that
> octal values start with '0' in strings, so csh would expect to see "\0nnn".
> Additionally, when I compile in the dictionary into the program that
> does the string replacement, I get no complaints, although every
> character in there is "\nnn".

So why the hell did you forward this to linux-kernel when I answered
you privately?
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