The Boston Diaries

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Notes about an overheard conversation between a blogger and his lovely and talented copy editor

“I think you miscounted.”


“Yes. There are only two problems … cache invalidation … ”

“Uh huh.”

“Naming things … ”

“Yeah … ”

“and off-by-one errors … oh. Oh! D'oh!”

99 ways to program a hex, Part 12: C99, const and restrict correctness, assertive, GCC extenstions

And today's code is identical to part 10 save again for one line—it too uses a GCC extension per yesterday's code.

This also marks the end of the C versions for a couple of days.

* Copyright 2012 by Sean Conner.  All Rights Reserved.
* This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
* modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
* as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
* of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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* but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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/* Style: C99, const and restrict correctness, assertive, GCC extenstions */

#include <stdio.h>
#include <ctype.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <assert.h>

#define LINESIZE	  16

static void 	do_dump		(FILE *const restrict,FILE *const restrict) __attribute__((nonnull,nothrow));


int main(const int argc,char *const restrict argv[])
  assert(argc    >= 1);
  assert(argv    != NULL);
  assert(argv[0] != NULL);
  if (argc == 1)
    for (int i = 1 ; i < argc ; i++)
      FILE *fp = fopen(argv[i],"rb");
      if (fp == NULL)


  return EXIT_SUCCESS;


static void do_dump(FILE *const restrict fpin,FILE *const restrict fpout)
  unsigned char  buffer[BUFSIZ];
  size_t         offset;
  size_t         bread;
  assert(fpin  != NULL);
  assert(fpout != NULL);
  offset = 0;

  while((bread = fread(buffer,1,BUFSIZ,fpin)) > 0)
    unsigned char *pbyte = buffer;

    while (bread > 0)
      char ascii[LINESIZE + 1];
      fprintf(fpout,"%08lX: ",(unsigned long)offset);
      size_t j = 0;

        fprintf(fpout,"%02X ",*pbyte);
        if (isprint(*pbyte))
          ascii [j] = *pbyte;
          ascii [j] = '.';
        pbyte  ++;
        offset ++;
        j      ++;
        bread  --;
      } while ((j < LINESIZE) && (bread > 0));

      ascii [j] = '\0';

      if (j < LINESIZE)
	for (size_t i = j ; i < LINESIZE ; i++) fprintf(fpout,"   ");

    if (fflush(fpout) == EOF)


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