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bug#7203: [PATCH] sort: fix unportable conversion of unsigned char * ->

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#7203: [PATCH] sort: fix unportable conversion of unsigned char * -> char *
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 22:54:25 +0100
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On 12/10/10 22:28, Jim Meyering wrote:
> Paul Eggert wrote:
>> This is another portability bug caught by the Sun C compiler.
>> Without this patch, cc complains:
>> "sort.c", line 3933: warning: assignment type mismatch:
>>         pointer to const char "=" pointer to unsigned char
>> * src/sort.c (fold_toupper): Change this back from char to
>> unsigned char, fixing a regression introduced in commit
>> 59e2e55d0f154a388adc9bac37d2b45f2ba971f8 dated February 26, as the
>> C Standard doesn't let you convert from unsigned char * to char *
>> without a cast, and the (in theory more portable) style here is to
>> convert char values, not pointer values.
>> (getmonth): Convert char to unsigned char when needed for
>> comparison.
> Calling commit 59e2e55d0f a regression might lead the unwary
> to think that it causes sort to malfunction, when in fact,
> at worst (afaics), it evokes a warning.
> So how about something like s/regression/problem/ ?
> This feels like enough of a technicality that I'd prefer to defer it.

Note gcc would also warn about this with -Wall, except that
we disable the warning with -Wno-pointer-sign in configure.ac

So I agree with the change, but s/regression/warning/


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