C is a general-purpose computer programming language used for operating systems, games and other high performance work.

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When is an object passed to a function?

Trying to clearly state the semantics of a function call. In calling a function, are the arguments passed to the function the ones the calling code initially gives or the ones the function ...
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Equivalent translation of Asynchronous behaviour in C

As a follow-up to my other question, if one were to build a general-purpose translator from a language that has support (be it with an external library or otherwise) for asynchronous behaviour to a ...
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Holding of files being edited in a text editor

I'm writing an implementation of Ex (hopefully Vi eventually) as a personal project. I need to somehow store an identifier for the file associated with each buffer. In terms of security/race ...
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Return equal occurrence of char in a list of strings

I have an array of strings ["abb", "bbxxaa"]. I would like to print all characters that occur equal times in each index so in above case I would print bb because they occur twice in both indexes and ...
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Polymorphic engines in C and/or C++ [closed]

I stumbled across polymorphic engines and I don't know anything about them. However, I am curious about how they are written. Every example that I've looked up writes them in assembly, my assembly is ...
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Microchip XC8: How to pack code against an upper limit?

I have a project for a PIC16F1454 that needs some custom linking. Basically, I've separated my code into two parts that can be downloaded separately in the field and thus update (almost) all of the ...
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Is there a stricter strtoull() in any ubiquitous C library?

I want a function that will interpret a string as a strictly unsigned integer, failing when the string overflows, represents a negative number, or does not represent a number. strtoull() does set ...
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How to handle enums in an indirection with functionpointers at ANSI-C?

Moinsen, I am somehow stucked in a design problem. Language is ANSI-C. Lets assume we have a tinkerbox of software-modules: one module for the logic Logic (at least) one module doing some logging ...
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How to implement an algorithm out-of-core?

I want to implement a parallel clustering algorithm "out-of-core" in CUDA. My CPU has 12GB of RAM and GPU has 4GB of it. What I want is that the entire dataset should be on the disk, and I can pick ...
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What is the exact syntax of inline?

CASE 1 (Definition and declaration in same source file) Suppose both my prototype and definition of global function is in .cpp file. Where should I write inline keyword to make compiler know? In ...
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Implementation defined behaviour changing const type in c

The C standard states that if an attempt is made to change a const type,the result is implementation defined.This gives error on my system,but what does it depend on(compiler,os)? What are the ...
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Handling timeout in network application

How can I handle timeouts in a network application. I'm implementing a provisioning system on a Linux server, the code is huge so I'm going to put the algorithm, it works as like this Read ...
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Portability: Python's C/C++ libraries/extensions vs JRuby's Java libraries

I've had some discussion with colleagues who chose to go with JRuby along the following line of argumentation: JRuby can make use of anything that is available in Java, ergo such programs are more ...
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Implementing a sort of navigation system

So I am undertaking a project which does navigation sort of thing. So here is how the problem statement looks like. Say, given a map of a floor, with different rooms, now somehow, this information is ...
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Random List of numbers in C

I have just started a C programming course and so far have only done the basics like printf, read a little on variables etc on the course book. The teacher has tasked us with writing a program that ...
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Function calls to calls in windows api

When programming in Windows, how does Windows communicate with the programs that run on it? When you incorporate a function call which is in another memory location on the disk or memory (not a ...
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How do I parse a header with two different version [ID3] avoiding code duplication?

I really hope you can give me some interesting viewpoints for my situation, because I am not satisfied with my current approach. I am writing an MP3 parser, starting with an ID3v2 parser. Right now ...
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hash with file instead of array

Is it possible to use hash function but with File instead of Array, and it's gonna be saving the record in a file position and then search will fseek to that position, but I'm not sure how to open a ...
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timers with threads on queue

So I've been asking the wrong questions for the last three days and after searching a lot I think I have an idea of what I need, my question is how to use timers with two threads writing and reading ...
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Sharing SCTP connection with multiple threads

I have an application that needs to run in SCTP environment, I have a question in sharing the connection among multiple threads for packet receiving only, I've tried with the sctp_sendmsg and it ...
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How can I do test automation using a python script to test a c program?

I was wondering if I can use a Python script to test a C program automatically. Suppose I have a very simple C program which reads data (numbers as test cases) from the console, calculates them, then ...
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Shared memory multiprocesses

I'm building an multi processes application and I need to save session ID, the sessions ID is 32 bit, and of course it can't be used twice in its lifetime, I'm currently using DB that saves all the ID ...
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Going further with C for iOS development

I am an experienced iOS developer amongst other things. I have a good mastery of Objective-C and Apple's frameworks in the language. But when it comes to the C-based frameworks I often hit a ceiling ...
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LUA vs Shell scripting vs C for cgi-scripting on embedded devices

I am going to try CGI scripting for implementing a web based Graphical User Interface on an embedded device. What advantages does LUA scripting have over shell scripting or C for implementing dynamic ...
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Best practices for tracking multiple pieces of data in a program

I have a project in C (don't ask why but it needs to be in C), where I need to track multiple pieces of data and commands for different modules. Some actions that the program will take depend on the ...
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Why C doesn't have better notation for pointers? [duplicate]

The * symbol is used for three different purposes multiplication Pointer declaration Pointer dereferencing. Why designers of C kept this notation? In other words, wouldn't it be nice if there ...
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How to use an enumeration type, when the values are not known at first?

We have a project, that consists of a cluster of C source code, a C library and a C++ library. The C++ library is dependent only upon the C library, or at least that is what I am trying to achieve. ...
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In-place merging of sorted intervals in an array?

So I have code producing k sorted intervals in an n-sized array. What I'm brainstorming is the possibility of in-place merge of these intervals into a single sorted interval/array. The problem is ...
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Is conversion from C/C++ to Verilog/VHDL for FPGA a derivative work? [duplicate]

Say I have a C/C++ software licensed under GPL that gets converted into hardware design. By this conversion I mean that the exact functionality of the original software is being programmed into an ...
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structure problem in Relational DBMS creation

For learning and understanding purpose, I currently want to try to make a small relational DBMS with simple features like (for now) only sequential reading/writing and CREATE TABLE, INSERT, SELECT, ...
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Best way to quickly explore/grok open source C/C++ projects? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a suggested workflow for quickly being able to download various c/c++ open source projects and then begin intelligently navigate sources. "Intelligently" means being able to jump ...
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How does a dynamic library's references to a static variable get translated once in the running app?

If a dynamic library exports the address to a global variable defined within the library, how are accesses to that variable translated during dynamic linking so that a running application can interact ...
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Multiple readers on FIFO

I've asked a question here before about multiple writers on a FIFO, and I know now that the write is thread safe as long as I write less than the PIPE_BIF, here is the link for that limit. What about ...
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MySQL with mutiple threads and processes

I'm developing a telecom messaging platform in C, and I'm going to need multiple processes to be working with MySQL DB. How can I make two processes read/write to/from a Mysql DB and, if/when one of ...
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How to alter the code at runtime in an interpreter?

While reading the difference between Compiler and interpreter , I found the following differences fromt he internet. Advantages of using compiler: Since compiler converts the program to native code ...
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Python is slowly replacing C in universities. Does this move degrade the quality of CS students? [closed]

I believe learning C is one of the most important aspects for any programmer. It's a beautiful combination of a high and low level language. Some universities are moving to stop teaching C in the ...
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Why languages that compile to C/C++ generate unreadable, cryptic code? [closed]

I'm willing to compile certain language to C or C++ for some speedups. My idea was, though, to generate readable code and use structures such std::vector and similar wherever I can, expecting CLANG to ...
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Options other than C for embedded projects? I hate the preprocessor [closed]

C is an awesome simple language perfect for close-to-hardware programming, but the preprocessor sucks in comparison to modern languages. Is there an alternative/add-on to the c preprocessor that ...
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Read K&R before learning low latency C++? [closed]

I have never really done a large amount of C programming but am in the middle of teaching myself low latency C++. Would it do more harm than good to read the K&R C programming book? I am a bit ...
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Why does the instruction “do” require a “while”? [closed]

Since this statement is so common: while (true) (Java) or while (1) (C) or sometimes for (;;) Why is there not a single instruction for this? I could think that an instruction that could do it ...
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Why are algorithms and data structures important? [duplicate]

It seems like a lot of university-level computer science programs and programmer job interviews focus heavily on algorithms and data structures. I'm curious as to why universities and employers put so ...
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Languages implemented in Python?

AFAIK, Scala and Clojure are implemented in Java and Java is implemented in C. I suppose that many or most languages are implemented in C, for instance Perl, Python and SQL. I don't know much about ...
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What are C's advantages over OOP languages, other than performance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use C over C++, and C++ over C? C still has its own importance in the programming world! And one reason for it is its performance. But, I have some questions. ...
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Get system info from C program?

I'm writing a little program in C that I want to use to output some system stats to my HD44780 16x2 character display. The system I'll be working with is a Debian ARM system and, although irrelevant, ...
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Write C line by line

Is there any conceptual limitation that would make impossible to create a C program line by line as in 'Mathematica notebooks'[1]? [1] One key aspect of Mathematica is that you can create your code ...
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Having trouble understanding recursion [duplicate]

I have just started learning about recursion but I'm having a hard time understanding it. Please would you recommend any links or books that explain recursion in detail.
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How does using #define for loop and condition bounds in C increase security?

My program uses the following define statements: #define LOWEST_PATIENT_ID 10000 #define HIGHEST_PATIENT_ID 99999 #define LOWEST_CRITICAL_STATUS 1 #define HIGHEST_CRITICAL_STATUS 100 used in this ...
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C-library - newbie guide

I have been asked to provide a C-library of my code (which I have written in a high-level language). I will hire a programmer to implement my code in C. I would like a short introduction to what a ...
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Use of malloc in C [closed]

Is it necessary to call free function every time we use malloc in C. I am asking this because I have seen many times that it is not called . Thank you
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What conclusion to be drawn from no difference in generated assembly from 2 rather different programs?

I might not have had a counterexample when I got the reply "A pointer is just an address, what's the difficulty?" but I didn't really buy such a simple explanation and at assembly code it's not ...