Subject: Re: Style guide
To: Jim Wise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Giles Lean <email@example.com>
Date: 06/05/1997 07:39:02
On Wed, 4 Jun 1997 16:57:05 -0400 (EDT) Jim Wise wrote:
> Sure, but I'm more concerned about the reliability problems caused in
> the code that _is_ being backported. Code which depends on ANSI C
> argument passing and other conventions (and often gcc or local
> extensions), but has been tweaked so that errors which would have
> occurred at compile time under K&R C will now occur at run time.
The concerns here are valid, but practically theoretical. I've never
seen a type promotion bug actually cause damage. Do people actually
see such problems "in the field"?
In the real world, I see many more of these:
- endianness problems
- assumptions about type sizes
- assumptions about the signedness of 'char'
- assumptions about the local stdio implementation