bin/71630: [PATCH] cleanup of the usr.sbin/pppd code

Brooks Davis brooks at
Sun Sep 12 22:04:38 PDT 2004

On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 01:10:23AM +0000, Dan Lukes wrote:
> The following reply was made to PR bin/71630; it has been noted by GNATS.
> From: Dan Lukes <dan at>
> To: Giorgos Keramidas <keramida at>
> Cc: bug-followup at
> Subject: Re: bin/71630: [PATCH] cleanup of the usr.sbin/pppd code
> Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 03:07:18 +0200 (CEST)
>  On Sun, 12 Sep 2004, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>  > On 2004-09-12 04:38, Dan Lukes <dan at> wrote:
>  >> -     FILE *iffile;
>  >> +     FILE *iffile = iffile; /* to avoid "may be used unitialized" warning */
>  >
>  > Nope.  NULL is the proper initialization value for (FILE *) objects.
>  > This way any bugs that might exist further down will be exposed by a
>  > dereference of a NULL pointer which everyone will notice.  Hiding the
>   	True initialisation is not necesarry with current code, so
>  it's waste of resources now.
>   	I like defensive style of programming, but it has negative impact on
>  performance.
>   	Somebody should evaluate if we can live with unnecesarry
>  initialisation here. If yes, it's better patch to iffile=NULL, if not, my
>  patch is better.

I find it extreamly hard to believe you could demonstrate the
performance difference in a microbenchmark, much less a real
application.  Frankly, unless you can prove a real initalization causes
a real performance problem, v=v assignments should not be used because
they are bogus by inspection.

-- Brooks

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