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Re: C portability question

In article <>,
Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc. <> wrote:
>On 11-May-08, at 8:43 PM, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>> Thanks, that helps -- but what is the format specifier for off_t?
>> After all, I don't know what type it is.  I see your assert(), but  
>> that
>> strikes me as ugly.  I could, I guess, just cast to int64_t, since in
>> this context anything larger is highly unlikely (it's the size of a
>> mail message, and I don't think people are receiving >2^64 bytes of
>> mail in one message...)
>I generally just do the blind cast to int64_t and use %q or PRId64.
>If I were trying to be ultra portable I suppose I would have a compile- 
>time test that would report sizeof(off_t) and then use the matching  
>PRId* format specifier (or if there are no PRId* defines then I'd cast  
>to the matching sized (and signed) native type (int, long, long long,  
>etc) along with the matching "native" format specifier.
>So far that's the best portable way I've found to print opaque integer  
>types like off_t.

%lld is more portable than %qd since the "quad" specifiers are
being deprecated.  %lld will always work for (long long) where %q
will not always work for int64_t. PRId64 will always work for int64_t,
but (long long) could be larger, so it might be better to use.


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