[collectd] Question about static initialization

Sebastian Harl sh at tokkee.org
Thu Aug 14 11:38:58 CEST 2008

Hi Peter,

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 11:25:14AM +0200, Peter Holik wrote:
> Is this not common to all comilers that a static declared variable
> is automatically initialized to 0?

The C99 standard requires (and I'm pretty sure that earlier C standards
did so as well) that static integer values are initialized to zero
(section 6.7.8). So all standard compliant compiler _must_ do that.

> instead of
> static int c_ipmi_active = 0;
> i write
> static int c_ipmi_active;

That's perfectly find. I usually prefer to state things explicitly to
make things clear though. That's just a matter of personal taste.


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