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Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:24:01 +0100
From: Markus Wichmann <>
Subject: Re: Minor style patch to exit.c

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 04:33:47PM +0300, Alexander Cherepanov wrote:
> Couldn't _start defined as an array? Then separate values could be accessed
> simply as elements of this array. And casts to integers could be limited to
> calculating the number of elements, the terminating value or something.

That reminds me of something I read in the C standard: Two pointers must
compare equal if, among other possibilities, one is a pointer to
one-past its underlying array, and the other is a pointer to the start
of its array, and the arrays happen to lie behind one another in address

Therefore, if _start and _end were arrays, even the GCC devs must agree
that there might be an integer i such that _start + i == _end. For the C
language, _start and _end would be arrays that happen to lie adjacent in
address space.

And if we have guarantees from the outside attesting to that, then
_end - _start is no longer an undefined expression, right?


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