The shockingly obsolete^W old-fashioned code of bash

As someone who was there and wrote a certain amount of this sort of code I find this article a bit annoying (using 20/20 hindsight for ad hominem attacks is pretty low) but I do find the fact that modern static analysis tools can’t handle crufty old C quite interesting. And something of a failure on the part of the static analysis companies, I think.

Also, it’s clear that the article’s author never had to write code on a machine that shared 256KB amongst it’s users or on which register utilization was something one grokked or died.


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