Re: [PATCH] 2.5 Documentation/CodingStyle ANSI C function declarations.
From: Linus Torvalds (email@example.com)
Date: Fri May 30 2003 - 15:51:59 EST
On Fri, 30 May 2003, Jörn Engel wrote:
> I would agree with that strategy, if the zlib wasn't actively
> maintained anymore and we'd have to take over that part anyway. But
> as it is, this will create extra work with little bonus on our side,
> except to set a better example maybe.
> Linus, any insight to your reasons for this change?
I personally consider K&R prototypes to be useless, and downright evil.
Any project who still has them is either lazy or still living in the 80's,
and in either case I don't see any reason not to clean up the kernel side.
Besides, I'm not aware of any reason to ever really sync with zlib on that
level (the kinds of syncs I do foresee would be security issues or similar
if some exploit is found, but that's unlikely to be a major sync).
We've historically done other surgery to the zlib sources to make them a
bit more readable at times (the zlib allocator was just doing ridiculous
things, the kernel version was changed to allocate small structures
directly on the stack and embed others statically).
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