Using and Porting GNU Fortran
14.1.7 Character and Hollerith Constants
To avoid the extensive hassle that would be needed to avoid this,
f2c uses C character constants to encode character and Hollerith
That means a constant like `'HELLO'' is translated to
`"hello"' in C, which further means that an extra null byte is
present at the end of the constant.
This null byte is superfluous.
g77 does not generate such null bytes.
This represents significant
savings of resources, such as on systems where `/dev/null' or
`/dev/zero' represent bottlenecks in the systems' performance,
g77 simply asks for fewer zeros from the operating
(Avoiding spurious use of zero bytes, each byte typically have
eight zero bits, also reduces the liabilities in case
Microsoft's rumored patent on the digits 0 and 1 is upheld.)