local array of structures not declared static

Ken Raeburn raeburn at MIT.EDU
Thu Dec 8 16:02:50 EST 2005

On Dec 8, 2005, at 13:56, Jeffrey Hutzelman wrote:
>> Shouldn't we add "static" before "const" here?
> I guess I'd be midly surprised if that actually had an effect on  
> code generation in this case.  But I don't see how it could hurt,  
> either.

I'd expect minor changes: Static storage references instead of  
automatic-variable references, and the initialization (probably a  
block-copy from static read-only storage) goes away.

I don't recall seeing any compiler automatically convert a const auto  
variable into a static one, and actually I'm not sure if it would be  
legitimate in all cases.  Perhaps if the address never leaked outside  
the current scope.

The kadmin code isn't multithreaded yet, but in multithreaded code,  
keeping the stack usage down is a good thing.  Generally the stacks  
for threads other than the initial one have much smaller size  
limits.  So, in general, this sort of change is probably a good  


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