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Re: Dennis Ritchie

From: Mike Wright <mike.wright_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Oct 13 2011 - 20:10:28 GMT
To: Community support for Fedora users <users@lists.fedoraproject.org>

On 10/13/2011 12:42 PM, Joe Zeff wrote:
> 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.

Guaranteed. Worked at Nat Semi back in the mid 70s and a state of the
art, 1 bit by 1 k, static, 1 uSec response time, cost 2 bucks.

An old copy of Byte from August, 1980 show an ad for 64KB RAM MEMORIES
at the low price of only $750.00. The same issue talks about how
different groups tried to minimalize object code sizes, and the
differences they were scrabbling over were measured in bytes.
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