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Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:36:23 +0100
From: Jens Gustedt <>
Subject: Re: alternative form flag with zero octal value

Hello Rich,

On Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:55:34 -0500 Rich Felker <> wrote:

> Yes, there is a good deal of stuff in that file that, in hindsight, I
> would do somewhat differently. A few of the worst things you noted
> could be 'fixed' trivially with gotos

No, I don't think this is necessary. I don't mind jumping in the
middle of an "if (0)" branch, as long as it is indented correcly :)

> or compound statatements and
> probably should be. I don't want a big patch for this file that's hard
> to review/validate though; the return on time spent is just too small.
> If anyone does want to push me on making improvements here, small
> isolated/individual changes that can easily be seen to be correct are
> the way to go.

Just a patch for white space and indentation would be easy, I think.

     - have break at the end of case lines, not at the start
     - start a newline before else
     - ident according to musl's coding style

As long as git diff --color-words shows nothing, this should be fine.

I could such a patch, if you want.

Replacing comma operators by compound statements would be a bit more
work.  We could delay that to when somebody touches that file for more
serious reasons.


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