char *lbasename(const char *) VS const char *lbasename() ...

Eli Zaretskii eliz@is.elta.co.il
Wed Jun 13 02:01:00 GMT 2001


On Tue, 12 Jun 2001, Andrew Cagney wrote:

> libiberty recently added the function:
> 
> 	char *lbasename (const char *name);
> 
> with semantics roughly equivalent to:
> 
> 	return (char *) name;
> 
> I'm thinking (serious :-) of sending a patch to the maintainers (GCC 
> list) asking that it changed to:
> 
> 	const char *lbasename (const char *name);
> 
> so that the fact that the string was constant isn't lost across the call 

I agree: if the argument is a `const char *', and the return value is
guaranteed to be within the argument string, it should also be `const
char *'.



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