> I just took a look at the code:
>  if (q != NULL) { /* should never occur */
>   if (last_log != time_second) {
>    last_log = time_second;
>    printf("ipfw: install_state: entry already present, done\n");
>   }
>   return 0;
>  }
> What if I just hack the "printf ..." line out of there? Would that 'solve'
> it? I know it's dirty; but would things still work?

I'll jump in here as a software manager and say NO!!!!!

Note, I have no idea if it will still work, but as a professional
programmer, the question raises a number of issues :-)

1. First of all, the original programmer took time to comment
   this line:

    if (q != NULL) { /* should never occur */

   OK. There's no indication WHY it should never occur, but still, the comment
   is there.

2. By adding this line: 

    if (last_log != time_second) {

   He's limiting the printed errors to one every second, so you
   are not beeing flooded with as many messages as are actually

   Is last_log used anywhere else?

3. This line:

     return 0;

   will still return 0 if the error occurs, so the program will
   work the same with or without the diagnostic message.

I'd do some more digging and find out exactly WHY this is a "should never
occur case" to be sure that the log is not needed. If you don't print
the log, then why do the test, except to return 0 :-)


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