Re: [2.6 patch] fs/reiser4/: possible cleanups

From: Arjan van de Ven
Date: Fri Nov 18 2005 - 03:31:43 EST

On Fri, 2005-11-18 at 00:24 -0800, Hans Reiser wrote:
> Seems ok to me. Is it valuable reasons I don't know about to keep
> reiser4_* functions from crowding the namespaces of the rest of the
> kernel? Is linking faster or?

gcc can and does optimize static functions more. A function being static
(and not having it's address taken) means that gcc is aware of all
callers of this one function (unlike non-static obviously where places
outside the current .c may call it). That knowledge can and is used for
optimization. (and increasingly so in newer gcc's)

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