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Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:24:25 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] syslog.h: fix warning "initialization discards
 'const' qualifier from pointer target type"

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 11:18:37AM +0200, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> This happens when syslog.h is included with "#define SYSLOG_NAMES 1"
> Signed-off-by: Denys Vlasenko <>
> CC:
> ---
>  include/syslog.h | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/include/syslog.h b/include/syslog.h
> index 5b4d296..25eb3e4 100644
> --- a/include/syslog.h
> +++ b/include/syslog.h
> @@ -70,7 +70,7 @@ void vsyslog (int, const char *, va_list);
>  #define	INTERNAL_NOPRI 0x10
>  typedef struct {
> -	char *c_name;
> +	const char *c_name;
>  	int c_val;
>  } CODE;
>  #define prioritynames ((CODE *)(const CODE []){ \
> -- 
> 2.9.2

This is not the right fix; it changes the type of a struct member
that's a public interface and thereby invalidates correct code that
was using it.

The cause is a bug (#61579) in GCC whereby -Wwrite-strings changes the
language semantics (changes the type of string literals) rather than
just generating a warning. Removing this option will fix it.

However there are other reasons that having the names done with a
compound literal rather than an external symbol is a bad idea (and
contributing significant size waste to busybox, IIRC), and I suspect
the right fix will make your problem go away too.


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