Many Fortran programs were developed on systems that
saved the values of all, or some, variables and arrays
across procedure calls.
As a result, many of these programs depend, sometimes
inadvertently, on being able to assign a value to a
variable, perform a
RETURN to a calling procedure,
and, upon subsequent invocation, reference the previously
assigned variable to obtain the value.
They expect this despite not using the
to specify that the value in a variable is expected to survive
procedure returns and calls.
Depending on variables and arrays to retain values across
procedure calls without using
SAVE to require it violates
the Fortran standards.
You can ask
g77 to assume
SAVE is specified for all
relevant (local) variables and arrays by using the
Note that a program that works better when compiled with the
is almost certainly depending on not having to use
SAVE statement as required by the Fortran standard.
It might be worthwhile finding such cases and fixing them,
using techniques such as compiling with the