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Re: why cast to char* through void*

On Thu, Jul 02, 2009 at 07:48:50PM -0400, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> At Thu, 2 Jul 2009 14:59:39 -0400, (Christos 
> Zoulas) wrote:
> > I agree, and lint should be fixed instead of polluting the code with linted
> > comments.
> I don't think lint can, or needs to be, fixed in this case though.
> I.e. the lint warning is valid in most cases -- this isn't necessarily a
> safe construct.

I think more often than not, a cast to (char *) in the modern era where
we have (void *) as a generic pointer is in fact likely to be intentional
and safe -- it indicates the programmer really, *really* wanted bytewise
access to the structure in question.

I think this is almost certainly why the pointer-aliasing rules, in fact,
make a special exception for (char *), and so I think lint should, too.


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