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Re: rc.d and non daemon servers

In article <>,
James K. Lowden <> wrote:
>Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
>> On Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 09:20:37AM -0500, James K. Lowden wrote:
>> > Alistair Crooks wrote:
>> > > Use a static function for usage message
>> > 
>> > Why care about static in a module with main()?  
>> E.g. compiler can fully inline it automatically.
>Well, OK, thanks.  At least I understand.  
>You both said "to make the current version of gcc behave".  I guess we
>could argue, if we were so inclined, about whether that makes for good
>The compiler knows perfectly well this is a main module.  It knows its
>public symbols aren't going to be linked to.  It can inline things at
>will, and there's no use warning about a missing prototype for a function
>that *by definition* can't be used anywhere else.  Forcing "static" (or a
>prototype) on the programmer serves no one.  
>I'm sure the gcc (and, yea, pcc) folks know all this better than I do. 
>Perhaps one day the warnings and inlining will be more fine-tuned,
>reducing that "static" to what it really is: visual noise.  I guess then
>it will be up to grouches like me to go through the world's C code
>removing useless keywords.  

It is not useless. It makes the symbol local and does not pollute the global


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