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Exercise in 1.6 C by Kernighan and Ritchie [closed]

I'm using this book by Kernighan and Ritchie, on the chapter about character input and output and file copying, I'm totally lost as to what this chapter is talking about. This question may seem too ...
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Are file-scope `static` variables in C as bad as `extern` global variables?

In C, you'd often/sometimes (as a matter of style) use a file-scope static variable where you'd use a private class member variable in C++. When scaling to multithreaded programs, simply adding ...
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register variable in C and C++

I know the concept of register variable and it's use cases but there are few questions in my mind based on what I have tried. I cannot access the address of a register variable in C though I can do ...
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How does the LLVM compiler treat arithmetic operations in parentheses?

When it sees the parentheses, does it have the machine do the operations in the parentheses first, or does it distribute out the parentheses? Like, if I have the following line of code: int i = 2 * (...
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Best x86 processor(computer) to learn computer architecture and assembly [closed]

I'm planning to build a computer as a hobby from scratch, with the least basic hardware possible in functionality so I can learn the basics of computer architecture and assembly language. I already ...
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Mixing OOP and Non-OOP

I'm working on a command line interface text based game. I'm writing it in C but there are various ways in which I could refactor the code by using Objective-C: using NSDictionary to allow me to ...
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C: How does struct node * next work? [closed]

In C, for creating linked list we write: struct Node{ int data; struct Node* next; }; So, my understanding is "struct Node* next" is a pointer variable of "Node" datatype. But how does it point to ...
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Methods of “Code Softening” (Opposite of “Hardening”) for C & C++ [closed]

Some developers work on code hardening. (protecting against errors, you can build with a stack protector for example). However, if you're trying to redo a strange someone else reports, or find ...
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Will issues arise packaging libc and pthread with your C apps?

The issue I hit, is that I am packaging shared libraries with my code in order to load GNUTLS, except for libc, because I figured any system will have it. Most of them don't have the required 2.14 for ...
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Why do we have to tell printf() the type of data in C?

Let's consider this C code: #include <stdio.h> main() { int x=5; printf("x is "); printf("%d",5); } In this, when we wrote int x=5; we told the computer that x is an integer. The ...
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Can you learn functional programming in C? [closed]

As a result of the comment discussion here, I wonder whether you can learn Functional Programming in C?
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Char and unsigned char [closed]

Where is unsigned char used in C ( please tell about some real-world examples )? Why would we need both char and unsigned char? Char ranges from -127 to 128 ( 8-bit integer ) Unsigned Char ranges ...
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When is the register keyword actually useful in C?

I am confused about the use of register keyword in C. It is generally told that its use isn't needed like in this question on stackoverflow. Is this keyword totally redundant in C due to modern ...
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Why are C string literals read-only?

What advantage(s) of string literals being read-only justify(-ies/-ied) the: Yet another way to shoot yourself in the foot char *foo = "bar"; foo[0] = 'd'; /* SEGFAULT */ Inability to elegantly ...
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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 C-family languages ...
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How are complex programs made? [duplicate]

I know a few languages, and can program in them. How do multiple languages blend together in a single program? For ex. https://github.com/facebook/watchman. This uses C, PHP, Python, Javascript, etc. ...
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Are data type declarators like “int” and “char” stored in RAM when a C program executes?

When a C program is running, the data is stored on the heap or the stack. The values are stored in RAM addresses. But what about the type indicators (e.g., int or char)? Are they also stored? ...
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Is initializing a char[] with a string literal bad practice?

I was reading a thread titled "strlen vs sizeof" on CodeGuru, and one of the replies states that "it's anyways [sic] bad practice to initialie [sic] a char array with a string literal." Is this true,...
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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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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 receives?...
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why use postfix /prefix expression instead of infix?

I understand how to convert infix to postfix/prefix but I do not understand why postfix or prefix expression are used in computer system? What is the advantage of postfix prefix over infix expression?...
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C: “this” vs “<instance name>”

I'm using C in a minimal, efficient OOP style to build a game engine. A problem I've begun to face as the engine code settles is my (erstwhile) choice to use this. For example, I have: void ...
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What is the most efficient way to discover devices on a network?

I've been programming a C web server from scratch as an interface for controlling ESP8266 WiFi modules that I plan to use to control appliances & lighting with relays. In an attempt to make a user-...
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Is macros support in a programming language considered harmful?

The first abuse that comes to my mind in C is: #define if while But at the same time it is extremely handy and powerful when used correctly. Something similar happens with Common Lisp macros. ...
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Question about switch-case statement [closed]

What happens, and does code work properly if we write switch-case structure like this, why its not good to write code like this? I'm porting some firmware and have switch-case statement interrupted ...
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How to maintain modularity in C?

I am writing C code with multiple modules like LCD display, flash memory, and GSM module etc. The project consists of thousands of lines of code, in different files. The behavior of the system can be ...
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How is a Java reference different from a C pointer?

C has pointers and Java has what is called references. They have some things in common in the sense that they all point to something. I know that pointers in C store the addresses they point to. Do ...
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Checking array size in C/C++ to avoid segmentation faults

So it's well known that C does not have any array bounds checking when accessing memory. Nowadays, if you call myArray[7] when you initialised it as int myArray[3], your program will get a segfault ...
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Complex iterators in C

note: this was originally asked on SO. Part of my current project involves iterating over sequences that don't necessarily exist. For example, I have something similar to a relational database in ...
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Understanding the concept of “arguments” and “parameters”

In the third last paragraph at page number 26 of the ebook "The C Programming Language" the author(s) say, "We will generally use parameter for a variable named in the parenthesized list in a ...
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Endianness at bit level

I am learning the union and struct and I wrote the code below. What I do not understand is why the output is different when I change from a little endian to a big endian machine. My understanding is ...
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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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What's an effective threading structure for NIO and server performance in C/C++? [closed]

I run into this issue where if I do a read to check for data too often, my CPU skyrockets, and if I don't check often enough, it's slow for client performance. What's an effective way to deal with ...
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When did Undefined Behavior in C jump the causality barrier

Some hyper-modern C compilers will infer that if a program will invoke Undefined Behavior when given certain inputs, such inputs will never be received. Consequently, any code which would be ...
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Should I initialize C structs via parameter, or by return value? [closed]

The company I work at is initializing all of their data structures through an initialize function like so: //the structure typedef struct{ int a,b,c; } Foo; //the initialize function ...
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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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Why dynamic memory allocation functions in C returns void*?

Consider the prototypes of C's dynamic allocation functions malloc - void* malloc(size_t size); calloc - void* calloc(size_t n,size); realloc - void* realloc(void* ptr,size_t newsize); Now a ...
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Replacing C with JavaScript as an introductory programming language [closed]

I am a new teacher at polytechnic where we teach web development and basic software programming. For years, the institution where I teach have taught C as their introductory programming language to ...
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Fast fixed-size (256 bit) integer modulo/division

What is the fastest way to divide two 256-bit integers? They are represented as an array of 26-bit words, each stored in 32-bit integers. I have access to a 64-bit type if that's useful. It seems ...
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A callback for when data is received?

So, my understanding is that the Kernel could receive TCP at any time, and that generally a C program asks the Kernel synchronously/asynchronously if it has data available. Would it be possible for a ...
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What would be a reason not to embed JS in C? [closed]

I'm working on an opensource application that processes JSON in C, because I would like to make it easier for people to help me in the project and because JSON is so close to JS. I want to embed a JS ...
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What should JITed bytecode do exactly?

I'm working on a VM (and a scripting language for it) that I plan to implement JITing for. I'm only working on the "plumbing" of it now, but I don't want the JIT compiler to be an afterthought. ...
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What is the motivation for casting a pointer into a integer?

I'm doing some changes in the Linux kernel code and have noticed a pointer being cast into integer. Check out buf below (full code): snd_pcm_sframes_t snd_pcm_lib_read(struct snd_pcm_substream *...
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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 small is the footprint of a small C compiler?

This week I could optimize using a reduced C library that allowed a drastic shrinkage in code size - from about 60 K to about 6 K and then we could load the code in the 8 K on-chip memory of an FPGA (...
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In C, how are functions accessible if they're not inline or called by #include? [closed]

I'm looking at code that somehow calls a library but I don't see it calling any of the library's headers at any point. I've done searches within the code and I don't see anywhere the functions, ...
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Why using sizeof of type to calculate the number of elements in an array is considered inferior to using sizeof of an element?

I'm reading "King K.N's C programming" and I'm reading the following statement: We discussed using the expression sizeof(a)/sizeof(a[0]) to calculate the number of elements in an array. The ...
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A list of the most important areas to examine when moving a project from x86 to x64? [closed]

I know to check for/use asserts and carefully examine any assembly components, but I didn't know if anyone out there has a fairly comprehensive or industry standard check-list of specific things at ...
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What makes C so popular in the age of OOP? [closed]

I code a lot in both C and C++, but did not expect C to be the second most popular language, slightly behind Java. TIOBE Programming Community Index I'm curious as to why, in this age of OOP, C is ...
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Is there a better way to organize my module tests that avoids an explosion of new source files?

I've got a neat (so I thought) way of having each of my modules produce a unit-test executable if compiled with the -DTESTMODULE flag. This flag guards a main() function that can access all static ...