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Understanding Arithmetic In C

I have an embarrassingly simple question, but I need to make sure I understand this correctly. I have a *.c file with the following line: CSRConstant = ...
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Why can't arrays be passed as function arguments in C?

Following this comment, I've tried to google why, but my google-fu failed. Comment from link: [...] But the important thing is that arrays and pointers are different things in C. Assuming ...
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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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Use of malloc in C

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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How to check the space complexity of this program?

I have written my version of strstr function in c. I am using a temporary array of size 26. Then is the space complexity O(1) or O(n)? This is my code : void strcheck(char t[], int n, char p[], int ...
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Why is it called a memory leak?

I am a hobbyist programmer, bit of a stickler for terminology, currently learning C and recently came across the concept of Memory Leak. Now, I do understand what it means. Dynamic memory allocated to ...
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Memory read/write access efficiency

I've heard conflicting information from different sources, and I'm not really sure which one to believe. As such, I'll post what I understand and ask for corrections. Let's say I want to use a 2D ...
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Global variable in a Linux shared library

Suppose we have the following setup under Linux, .so library named "libcnt.so" and 3 user space apps: "app1", "app2", "app3". This library does 1 simple thing, it says to the app (app dynamically ...
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Why is the function called lseek(), not seek()?

The C function for seeking in a file is called lseek(). Why ins't it called just seek()?
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Organization of DLL linked functions

This is a code organization question. I got my basic code working but when I expand it, it will be terrible. I have a DLL which I don't have a .lib for. Therefore I have to use the whole ...
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Parsing mathematical expressions with two values that have parentheses and minus signs

I'm trying to parse equations like the ones below, which only have two values or the square root of a certain value, from a text file: 100+100 -100-100 -(100)+(-100) sqrt(100) by the minus ...
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Are there theoretical reasons why arrays in C take less RAM than Java?

My experience is that Java requires about twice as much RAM compared to C (comparing char arrays or other comparisons). I also read in a hardware book that Java takes about twice RAM than C. Is is ...
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Why are there two different kinds of linking, i.e. static and dynamic?

I've been bitten for the n-th time now by a library mismatch between a build and deployment environment. The build environment had libruby.so.2.0 and the deployment environment had libruby.a. One ruby ...
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Why are most GNU's software written in C [closed]

I am a Java developer, and I rarely write GUI program in C. However, I noticed that many GNU's projects, such as PSPP, R, Dia, etc., are written in C, instead of Java or C++. I personally don't mind ...
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Benefits of porting C library to C++ [closed]

Say we take any C library such as libpng or libvorbis and convert it so that it compiles as C++ (only the minimum changes to make it compile as C++ code). Can the compiler do extra optimizations when ...
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“bug” in C++11 text by Stroustrup?

I found an apparent contradiction in the c++ text having to do with the result of the c_str() function operating on std:strings (in my copy, the definition and contradiction are on p1040). First it ...
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Should I implement a function or a method?

Once in a while I encounter a C function in my colleagues' code. Mostly it is in some helpful objective categories, and those functions are mostly an internal calculation of something or a ...
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How are negative signed values stored? [duplicate]

I was watching this video on the maximum and minimum values of signed integers. Take an example of a positive signed value - 0000 0001 The first bit denotes that the number is positive and the last ...
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How to effectively cooperate in a team having mixed background/mindset regarding OOP? [duplicate]

I've been recently assigned for a new high-performance C++ project (finance) together with 3 other guys who, like, me, refer to themselves as "primarily C/C++ programmers", meaning, all of us have ...
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Writing in C for Performance? [closed]

I know I have quite frequently heard that C typically has a performance advantage over C++. I didn't really think anything else of it until I realized that MSVC doesn't even seem to support the newest ...
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comparison of floating point numbers vs. comparsion of Integers in C [closed]

Does comparison of floating point numbers takes (considerably) longer time than comparison of Integers in C? I just wrote a C program of heap sort to sort floating point numbers. I am on ubuntu ...
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Is allocating objects from a memory-pool a security anti-pattern?

In the wake of the heartbleed bug, OpenSSL has been rightly critizised for using its own freelist. With plain-old malloc, the bug would have almost certainly been found long ago. However, some kind ...
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how to find average bits per symbol using huffman code? [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a program in c for Huffman coding, but i stack.In input i have: Sample input: 4 //here i scan how many letters i have A 00 // and for everyone i scan how they are coded in ...
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Why do C arrays not keep track of their length?

What was the reasoning behind not explicitly storing an array's length with an array in C? The way I see it, there are overwhelming reasons to do so but not very many in support of the standard ...
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using flat file vs sqlite db for frequent data grabbing in a cron job

I have some automated task to be done using certain types of logs generated on the server end of each day. Log files contains specific machine identification "MAC" that is to be re-written in to ...
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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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At ping, why do we have to do array copying instead of passing on the source array that the client sent to us?

So I have been googling about this OpenSSL heart-bleed thing and somehow sees that it is caused by the heartbeat extension which requires client to ping the server to show its aliveness and it all ...
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Advice for simple communication protocol (iPod and Arduino)

I connected iPod with Arduino using serial (UART) connection. Arduino sends 0-1023 number (so it's two bytes) as it's samples light sensor value. I'm asking about advice about simple and reliable ...
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How to manage memory in C interface for C++ implementation considering c++11?

I have a library implemented in C++ which has a C interface. This C interface is, for all intents and purposes, the only way to use this library. C++11 seems to discourage the use of raw pointers but ...
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Best and safest API for a function which fills a buffer with variable-length data

I have a function which receives a buffer and returns some data in the buffer. The data can be smaller than the buffer capacity. Which is the best and safest API for this? int fn(void *buffer, ...
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Use one or multiple files for graphics properties?

I'm creating a 2D game in plain ANSI-C using SDL2. I'm planning to let users create their own graphics. So, to achieve this, I'll use an information file which will hold some data such as Width, ...
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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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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 ...
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Are (C) object files created with different compilers binary-compatible?

I understand that C++ compilers are not compatible with each other. However, I was unable to find anything on this topic for C in particular. I know that the C standard leaves a lot of room for ...
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Algorithm for base-conversion in C?

I put in this code which does what it's supposed to do, but perhaps there is a better or more general approach? I'm converting a 4-digit base 10 number e.g. "11" to base 16 e.g. "17" (which gets ...
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How can I handle this string concatenation in C in a reusable way

I've been writing a small C application that operates on files, and I've found that I have been copy+pasting this code around my functions: char fullpath[PATH_MAX]; fullpath[0] = '\0'; ...
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Representing a deck of cards in C (not C++)

So far my best ideas have been as fallows A) Represent a "card" in one structure and have a "deck" in another a deck being an array of 52 cards and a card being 2 chars one for and rank one for suit. ...
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How do you call one program from another?

What I'm wondering is how running programs communicate with each other, and if someone could post some sample code for how to do this, so I can try it out myself, just for educational purposes. For ...
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What is the underlying mechanism behind va_list and where is it defined?

http://www.cplusplus.com/reference/cstdarg/va_list/ According to the above link, va_list is an argument or parameter used in some macros - va_start, va_arg, va_end. These macros are present in the ...
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What is this programming style? “Monoid-ic”?

In a moderately old blog post, Conal Elliot makes an interesting (if less than serious) argument that C is a purely functional language, by drawing a parallel between the combination of the C ...
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How to extract the active code path from a complex algorithm

I have been puzzled lately by an intruiging idea. I wonder if there is a (known) method to extract the executed source code from a large complex algorithm. I will try to elaborate this question: ...
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Global variable vs. local-static variable for storing state

I am writing an application for my graduation coursework, in C, using GTK+ UI library. Sometimes I ask for user input, which I need to save for later use. The doubt comes on how to store this data. I ...
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Shared source file between two parts of project [closed]

I have the following sort of directory structure: part1 build src part2 build src Now I have a header file that I would like to include in both parts of these projects, it will ...
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Speed difference between VM-based and compiled code [closed]

Not so long ago I was told by a senior academic that, these days, VM-based code could run nearly as fast as compiled code, but my own experience is that compiled code runs several orders of time ...
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Creation of an Assembler [closed]

I've always been interested in how programming languages are created, so for the past 8 months I've been researching, practicing and more about the creation of compilers. I've been able to quite ...
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How to teach pointers to beginners in C? [closed]

I'll hold a little presentation about C-Pointers in a small group of people with beginners programming skills, with no CS background. Just people who would like to learn something about coding and ...
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OOP in C: which of these two approaches is closer to a cannonical solution? [closed]

Here are the two approaches to writing OOP (as in "we have objects and we can instantiate any number of them, each having it's own private data"). The language is C and the platform is embedded ...
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How do I maintain consistency between hard-coded values in different files?

I have a C source file and another (non-code) file in a project which contain the same hard-coded value. Ideally, the value would be specified in only one location and be copied to the other location ...
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Choice between 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional array

I'm implementing the Chessboard class to represent the chessboard. I've to implement the transformations (reflections and rotations) on the chess board possible. The possible transformations includes ...
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How to make it obvious that a function is being accessed from the outside?

This is a C specific question. I am trying to keep everything possible inside the translation unit boundaries, exposing only a few functions through the .h file. That is, I am giving static linkage to ...