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Re: Dennis Ritchie

From: Joe Zeff <joe_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Oct 13 2011 - 19:42:20 GMT
To: Community support for Fedora users <users@lists.fedoraproject.org>

On 10/13/2011 12:32 PM, Andre Robatino wrote:
> Andre Robatino<robatino<at> fedoraproject.org> writes:
>
>> The return value is undefined without the return statement.
>
> Although looking at my copy of K&R 2, the early examples don't include the
> return statement either (it's used later, though).
>

IIRC, Unix was first designed to run on machines with very limited
memory. Assigning a value that wasn't going to be used would have been
regarded as a waste of resources in those days.
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