svn rev #19169: trunk/src/ include/ lib/crypto/crc32/ lib/gssapi/krb5/ lib/gssapi/mechglue/ ...

Jeffrey Hutzelman jhutz at
Mon Feb 19 17:09:12 EST 2007

On Monday, February 19, 2007 03:59:13 PM -0500 Ken Raeburn 
<raeburn at> wrote:

> On Feb 19, 2007, at 11:42, Chaskiel M Grundman wrote:
>> It isn't an error to use a non-const object in a const parameter,
>> and the
>> compiler would be wrong to treat it as such. What is an error is
>> for the
>> definition of a function to be different from any of it's
>> declarations (or
>> prototypes). That seems to be what this patch is changing.
> No, I believe that's okay as well.  I can't find my copy of C89 at
> the moment, and C89 is *mostly* what we require, but the C99 spec
> says of multiple declarations of a function that corresponding
> parameters are required to have compatible types, BUT:
> "In the determination of type
> compatibility and of a composite type, each parameter declared with
> function or array
> type is taken as having the adjusted type and each parameter declared
> with qualified type
> is taken as having the unqualified version of its declared type."
> I think C89 said something similar, but I may be mistaken.

C89 says...

6.5      ... All declarations in the same scope that refer to the same
         object or function shall specify compatible types.  ... For two function types to be compatible, both shall specify
         compatible return types.  Moreover, the parameter type lists, if
         both are present, shall agree in the number of parameters and in
         use of the ellipsis terminator; corresponding parameters shall
         have compatible types.... For each parameter declared with
         qualified type, its type for these comparisons is the unqualified
         version of its declared type.

Note that parameter types are compared without regard to the const 
qualifier, but the return type is not.  However, the patch in question does 
not appear to change the return types of any functions; it almost 
exclusively removes the const qualifier from declared parameter types.

-- Jeff

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