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Undefined behavior, in principle

Whether in C or C++, I think that this illegal program, whose behavior according to the C or C++ standard is undefined, is interesting: #include <stdio.h> int foo() { int a; const int ...
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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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Alternative to printing debug information to stdout\stderr [duplicate]

I currently have a long running application on an embedded Linux environment and all debug messages are currently being outputted to stdout using printf. This isn't ideal for special users who ...
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Generics in low level languages

I'm developing a language like Vala and OOC that compiles back to C. This means that, eventually, every feature needs to be adoptable to C code in some way or another. Generics is one of the features ...
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Autoreleasing objects in Reference Counting Systems

I'm experimenting a bit in C and I'm trying to implement my own Reference Counting System. I've mainly worked with Objective-C in the past but AFAIK autoreleasing objects is something that is unique ...
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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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Explicitly define enum values, even if the default value is the same?

There are times when an enum's values are important: it is not necessary for them to be unique, they also need to have specific values. In such cases, should the values be explicitly defined, even if ...
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C Linked List Implementation Pointer vs. Pointer-to-Pointer Consistency

To get some practice in C, I'm writing some basic functions for operating on a linked list of ints. I started out with functions that accepted as a "list" a pointer to the head node. Now, I find ...
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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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How to abide the “allocate in caller” rule when the size is computed in the callee?

Let's say we have an opaque type handle_t that is managed through a simple interface with functions such as: handle_t *handle_init(void); int handle_do(handle_t *); void handle_free(handle_t *); ...
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Languages on a resume: Is it better to put “C/C++” or “C, C++”?

I'm graduating in a couple of weeks, and my resume (as expected) lists the languages that I've had experience with. Previously I've put "C/C++", however back then I didn't have that much experience ...
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API to get data, caller may not know how much? How to allocate buffer size

I am writing a C API for retrieving data from a hardware device. The data will be returned as a string with approximately 30 bytes of text per item. The problem is there may any number of items. ...
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When does it make sense to compile my own language to C code first?

When designing an own programming language, when does it make sense to write a converter that takes the source code and converts it to C or C++ code so that I can use an existing compiler like gcc to ...
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Separating Code into Smaller Files in C

I am in the process of cleaning up my code and making it easier to maintain. I am doing this by turning my 5000+ line file into separate smaller files. I have successfully created separate source and ...
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Illustrate Meaning of : gcc -g programName.c

To debug a C program using gdb effectively it is required to compile it first using the command: gcc -g programName.c otherwise on using simply gcc programName.c and running we are unable to ...
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What are the current (2014) naming conventions in C for file names? [closed]

This is about C, not C++. Googling this brings this result up immediately: https://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/lab/cplus/cstyle.html#N10081. In that article, the authors are saying very clearly that all source ...
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What makes C developers so curious if “i++ == ++i”? [closed]

Just a random observation, it seems that on StackOverflow.com, there are questions about if "++i == i++". That question gets asked all the time though, I think I saw it asked about 6 or 7 times in the ...
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Why has C prevailed over Pascal? [closed]

My understanding is that in the 1980s, and perhaps in the 1990s too, Pascal and C were pretty much head-to-head as production languages. Is the ultimate demise of Pascal only due to Borland's neglect ...
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Given a number X, how do I find from an array of numbers, a unique combination that adds up to X and has the lowest sum of squares?

Given the number 15 and the array [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] Possible combinations (sum=15) would be: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] [2, 3, 4, 6] [1, 3, 5, 6] [4, 5, 6] Their respective sum of squares would be: 55, 65, 71 ...
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Infinite while loop CPU usage

I'm coding an script in C, which is going to check constantly an array of events, the idea is to check if the Date and time of certain event is equal to de current time and trigger something, i'm ...
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Looking for a certain datatype if it exists

I'm looking for the kind of a certain datatypes. The main idea of this datatype is to describe a productionline containing several steps. Each step should be represented as a "vertex" containing an ...
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The advantage of using __attribute__((aligned( )))

I found in more than one SIMD program the instruction __attribute__((aligned(16))) . When I looked for an explanation I found The keyword attribute allows you to specify special attributes of ...
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Defining error codes

We are designing an error-handling framework for a cryptographic library written in C. The approach we are taking is that relatively few errors are propagated back to the user since on most occasions ...
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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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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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Ambiguous If-else nested block in C without braces [closed]

Consider the following code in C: if(34) if(0) printf("Stat1"); else printf("Stat2"); Here,the first if condition is true,while the second if condition is ...
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Buffer-overflow vulnerabilities that a static code analyser won't pick up [closed]

I'll use FlawFinder in this example. FlawFinder is a static code "analyser" tool that examines C/C++ source files and outputs warnings/hits if a vulnerability was identified. The way it does this is ...
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On concatenating adjacent string literals

C and C++ compiles adjacent string literals as a single string literal. For example this: "Some text..." "and more text" is equivalent to: "Some text...and more text" In other languages like C# ...
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Uniqueness of for loop [closed]

How does the for loop function is implemented so that it can accept ; as parameter separator rather than , which is trivial in normal functions.
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Are C static libraries frowned upon? [closed]

There are 2 arguments for having shared libraries: It helps reduce disk space. When a shared library is updated, all the binaries depending on it get the update. There is mainly one drawback for ...
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Why did GCC switch from Bison to a recursive descent parser for C++ and C?

Was there a language change that required it or some practical reason why Bison was no longer appropriate or optimal? I saw on wikipedia that they switched, referring to the GCC 3.4 and GCC 4.1 ...
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In which stage of compilation is “typedef” resolved by the compiler?

There are different stages of compilation Such as Preprocessing stage Syntax analysis Semantic analysis Intermediate Code generation Machine Code generation Optimization Linking My question here ...
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Why do we need to include the .h while everything works when including only the .cpp file?

Why do we need to include both the .h and .cpp files , while we can make it works with making just a .cpp file and then including it . For example, Creating a file.h containing declarations, then ...
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gcc -S seems a bit misshapen with shifting and ANDing bits

Example: int c = 4; int p = 5; if (p & (1 << c)) printf("ok\n"); else printf("nop\n"); gcc -S: movl -4(%rbp), %eax /* eax holds the variable c */ movl -8(%rbp), %edx /* ...
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Why does void in C mean not void?

In strongly-typed languages like Java and C#, void (or Void) as a return type for a method seem to mean: This method doesn't return anything. Nothing. No return. You will not receive anything from ...
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How to fix legacy code that uses <string.h> unsafely?

We've got a bunch of legacy code, written in straight C (some of which is K&R!), which for many, many years has been compiled using Visual C 6.0 (circa 1998) on an XP machine. We realize this is ...
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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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Macro guard in Objective-C

I have noticed that many famous libraries written in Objective-C (eg. AFNetworking) use the macro guard inside their header files. Im aware that the #import directive, which works exactly like ...
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What are steps in making an operating system in C ? [duplicate]

I am trying to make an my own OS. This is for educational purpose only, so that I get to understand the internals as well as get a good idea of low level programming. I have some prior application ...
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Why do operating systems do low level stuff in C and C++? Why not just C++?

On the Wikipedia page for Windows, it states the Windows is written in Assembly for the bootloader and task switcher, and C and C++ for kernel routines. IIRC, you can call C++ functions from an ...
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comparison of an unsigned variable to 0

When I execute the following loop : unsigned m; for( m = 10; m >= 0; --m ){ printf("%d\n",m); } the loop doesn't stop at m==0, it keeps executing interminably, so I thought that ...
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Why does C dominate in the embedded software market? [closed]

Almost everyone will now say the blessing: performance! Okay, C does allow to write athletic code. But there are other languages that can do so, after all! And the optimising power of modern ...
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Is goto to improve DRY-ness OK?

My code has many checks to detect errors in various cases (many conditions would result in the same error), inside a function returning an error struct. Instead of looking like this: err_struct ...
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Why are packed structures not part of the C language?

Every C compiler offers the option to "pack" C structures (e.g. __attribute__ ((__packed__)), or #pragma pack()). Now, we all know that packing is required, if we'd like to send or store data in a ...
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More Accurate Random in C [closed]

I have 3 IPs and every IP has a weight, I want to return the IP's according to its weights using the random function. For example if we have 3 IP's X with weight 3 Y with weight 3 and Z with weight ...
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Calculate Pi to N number of places [closed]

I am trying to work out how to calculate Pi to N decimal places, I think the default DP's for a float/double is 5 and then you have setprecision() however these are obviously inadequate, I need ...
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How to store satellite data in C data structutres

I've been reading through Introduction To Algorithms 3rd Ed, and am really enjoying the material; however, I am having difficulty in implementing some practical situations. It's not the theory, or ...
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Reconstructing a huffman tree using minimal information in the header

I'm writing a huffman encoding program in C. I'm trying to include the least amount of information in the header as possible, I know the simplest way to decompress the file in the header would be to ...
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C/C++: Which conversion warnings make sense in practice?

C/C++ implicit conversions can cause bugs. Here's one example: int foo, bar; scanf("%d", &foo); scanf("%d", &bar); float foobar = foo / bar; If I input 7 and 2, it's not 3.5 as expected - ...
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C programming practice, passing a pointer to a function [closed]

Consider the following C function which takes as argument a string, which is then stored inside a struct: struct mystruct* usestring(char* string) { struct mystruct *struct; struct = ...