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Q&A Storing more bytes than a union member has, but less than the union size, with memcpy(3)

Let's say we have an object, we store it in a union (into some other narrower type, but with memcpy(3), so it's allowed --I guess--), and then read it from the union via it's original type (so no a...

2 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by alx‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Lundin‭

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Q&A Can freed pointers undergo lvalue conversion?

char *p, *q; p = malloc(1); free(p); q = p; // lvalue conversion Is the last lvalue conversion (= p;) Undefined Behavior or not? We didn't take the address of the local p. C11::6.3.2.1...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by alx‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Dirk Herrmann‭

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Q&A memcmp(3) memory containing invalid values

What does it mean that we can use memcmp(3) on invalid values? ISO C allows comparing an invalid value through memcmp(3), because it doesn't read the value, but rather its representation, and "rea...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by alx‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Lundin‭

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Q&A Is partial allocation of an object Undefined Behavior?

Is it valid to partly allocate an object, as long as you only use the allocated part of it? #include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> struct s { int i[100]; }; int main(void) {...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by alx‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Lundin‭

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Q&A Strict aliasing rules and function boundaries

Let's analyze this code, assuming an architecture where the alignment of int64_t is the same as that of double: void bar(double *f, int64_t *j) { *(int64_t *)f = *j; } void foo(void) ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by alx‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Lundin‭

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Q&A noreturn function with non-void return type

Is it legal ISO C to declare a function as noreturn with a non-void return type (but of course not actually returning)? As far as I can read from the standard, it seems legal. Example: noreturn ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by alx‭  ·  edited 2y ago by alx‭

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Q&A Are static pointers implicitly initialized to NULL?

Consider this code: #include <stdio.h> int main(void) { static void *ptr; if(ptr == NULL) puts("It's NULL!"); } I wonder if this is guaranteed to print "It's NULL!" I know ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by klutt‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭