Kernel source hacking
M. Warner Losh
imp at bsdimp.com
Thu Nov 3 20:41:46 PST 2005
In message: <436A7474.4040501 at sh.cvut.cz>
Václav Haisman <V.Haisman at sh.cvut.cz> writes:
: I have noticed that there are still places in kernel sources that use
: K&R style of function parameter definitions.
You must be looking at old sources. Most of the kernel has been
converted, but it is still a work in progress. There's very little
gain for the risk that something subtle that's different between K&R
and ANSI causes breakage... The risk is much lower these days since
we insist on proper prototypes...
: Are the core developers interested in changing it into proper ANSI
: definitions? I would do it because it would give me a reason to read the
: code and learn something about the kernel.
Nearly all of the kernel has been converted. The parts that remain
are the less widely travelled paths through the code.
: Also, is there a page with other tasks for kernel neophytes like me? I
: looked for some such page but I couldn't find any.
phk used to have a /jkh/ page, or Junior Kernel Hacker page. Don't
know if that's still that way or not.
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