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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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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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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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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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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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Does it make sense to have a separate init function?

I'm created an opaque type and I have two options for its management. The first looks like this: type_t *a = type_init(); int err; err = type_do(a, "foo", "bar", FLAGBIT1|FLAGBIT2, NULL); if (!err) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is goto to improve DRY-ness OK? [duplicate]

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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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 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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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 structures

I've been reading through Introduction To Algorithms 3rd Ed, and I am having difficulty in implementing some practical situations. It's not the theory, or implementing the internals of the data ...
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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 = ...
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Implementing a simple controller in embedded C

Is there a known method or pattern to implement a simple controller for an MVC design in pure C or the switch case approach is the standard? Background : I have an embedded application and I'm ...
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boolean operations in C using bitfields

I am trying to implement boolean data type in C. Basically, I am working with sets. The following code can be used to access each bit but I am unsure whether I can represent sets using this method. ...
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What is this boolean law?

A friend of mine has shown sometime ago the name of the below boolean technique/law but I forget that name unfortunately. Does someone know what it's called? example in C language: !(a || b) It's ...
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Reading assembly useful for insights when writing C/C++? [closed]

While in most cases its not necessarily, recently I have taken to reading the generated assembly of my C code every so often, when I'm curious as to the kinds of optimizations my compiler is making. ...
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Processor architectures for testing C/C++ portability

Currently I'm working on a C/C++ code-base which is fairly portable, it can compile on most Unix like systems as well as MS-Windows (MSVC), using various popular compilers. Previously I've found ...
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Why does C use the asterisk for pointers?

I'm just now learning about C. I find it odd that the creators chose the asterisk (*) as the symbol for pointers rather than a symbol that actually looks like a pointer (->). Considering how ...
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Why Increment Pointers?

I just recently started learning C++, and as most people (according to what I have been reading) I'm struggling with pointers. Not in the traditional sense, I understand what they are, and why they ...
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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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Implementing keyword “const” [closed]

A constant pointer is a pointer which points to a fixed memory location throughout.The question is how do you ensure that this behavior is ensured without using the keyword constant while declaring ...
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What should I do and know before I start writing C? [closed]

I have a college degree in CS, and learned about Java and OCaml. Java was used as introduction, and in most CS classed, except the theoretical ones. OCaml was part of learning a different programming ...
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Why do binary files load quicker than alphanumeric text files?

I've noticed that when I load/store large data files in a binary format, the program runs much faster than if I load data from an ASCII encoded file. Why is this the case? The data in my case is ...