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Re: Possible unsafe use of strncat in sbin/sysctl/sysctl.c
On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 12:03:47AM +0200, Marc Balmer wrote:
> > It's an artifact of our stupid lint(1).
> > > Some folks seems to (void)love it.
> > Not that I know of...
> So is the policy to (void)pollute our sources because of a defect in a
That's been the policy going back long before NetBSD existed, when no
other alternative to lint existed and doing without it would have been
> Or are we sane and brave and ignore lint(1)?
It still has some value. What we should do, however, is fix or replace
it. I vote for the latter; the existing code is nearly unmaintainable.
> I see a tendency to "fix^wfuckup" correct code just to appease incorrect
> tools, may that be lint or gcc. We have become slaves to the machine ... ;)
Writing serious code for a while in a dynamically typed language will
give you a new appreciation for the value of static program checking.
David A. Holland
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