strncat problem

Gerald I. Evenden gie at
Tue Jul 19 09:28:41 EDT 1994

>Date: Tue, 19 Jul 94 13:19 BST-1
>From: nra at (N R A  )
>Subject: strncat problem
>This may be teaching people to suck eggs but .....
>I looked in my Borland library reference and the syntax for 'strncat' was 
>listed as
>#include <string.h>
>char *strncat(char *dest, const char *src, size_t maxlen);
>and states that 
>"strncat copies at most 'maxlen' characters of 'src' to the end of 'dest' 
>and then appends a null character."
>"It is available on UNIX and is defined in ANSI C."

Your specs are ANSI C compatible, and match most traditional
C libraries, Unix and otherwise.

>Doesn't that mean that your original call was missing the 'maxlen' 
>parameter ??
>Steve Culshaw

Checking Bill Baker's article, the usage stated was:

>>while ((c=getchar()) && isdigit(c)) strncat(num, &c, 1);

which is syntactically OK.  What is hazy and prone to machine dependence
is the unknown declaration of c.  If it is int, then casting a char address
to c will ignore the "endian" of overlaying characters in an integer.
As I said before, there are much better and safer ways.

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