EV fails to install on OS X 10.7

Alexey Borzenkov snaury at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 20:08:39 CET 2012

On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM, Marc Lehmann <schmorp at schmorp.de> wrote:
>> Hmm, you're right, although I'm not sure about portability (even
>> though I code in C I never actually read the standard, so I don't
>> really know what's supposed to happen here).
> Well, the right thing obviously (6.9.1 External object definitions). It's
> portable to every C compiler, something which clang is relatively far
> away, which is why it isn't worth supporting it yet, it's just too buggy
> (being so young, thats somewhat expected).

Thank you very much for this reference. I was finally able to find and
read http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg14/www/docs/n1256.pdf (which
is the latest C99 draft). Although the section is 6.9.2 (maybe I found
the wrong standard?) and it says:

1. If the declaration of an identifier for an object has file scope and
an initializer, the declaration is an external definition for the

2. A declaration of an identifier for an object that has file scope
without an initializer, and without a storage-class specifier or with
the storage-class specifier static, constitutes a tentative definition.

If I understood it all correctly, according to 2 the first `static int
var' would be a tentative definition, and according to 1 the last
`static int var = 0' would make it an external definition with linkage
internal. However, `extern int var' inside a function wouldn't be a
tentative definition, and would have linkage external. Now, according
to 6.2.2:

7. If, within a translation unit, the same identifier appears with both
internal and external linkage, the behavior is undefined.

I was thinking that by reading standard I would maybe find basis for a
good bug report to clang, but now I am totally confused. :-/ Do you
think maybe clang follows standard here (by giving an error for an
undefined behavior) after all, or is there a bug after all? (in which
case I would be happy to file a bug report)

P.S. Also, reading your reply, I once again feel like I inadvertently
offended you somehow (by my lack of proper knowledge perhaps?), and
for that I am very sorry. I'm just trying to help in any way I could,
especially for an OS that I love. (for me it doesn't matter if a
corporation behind Mac OS X is evil or not, it makes a beautiful
unix-based operating system, and for that I am grateful)

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