Combine GetOpt And Variadic Function In C

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Combine GetOpt And Variadic Function In C

Been a while since my last post. Had a laptop die with my last project and still working to get it back. In the meantime I started another.

In my main function I define some arguments with getopt:
int main ( int argc, char **argv) {
  int option_index = 0;
  char *fname = "./commands";

  if(argc == 1){ 
	  //pass: error defined in file_open function.
while(optind < argc) {
  if(( option_index = getopt(argc, argv, "f:h:u:p:k:o:w:e")) != -1){	
     case 'f':
     case 'h':
     case 'u':
     case 'p':
     case 'w':
   else {
  return 0;

The above is missing some optional arguments for brevity. Since there were optional arguments, I found I would need to use a variadic function with something like this:
void args(char *howmany, ...){
  va_list ap;
  char *host, *user, *pass, *port;
  va_start(ap, howmany);
  while(*howmany) { 
	     case 'h':
		host = va_arg(ap, char *);		
		printf("%s\n", host);
	     case 'u':
		user = va_arg(ap, char *);
		printf("%s\n", user);
	     case 'w':
		pass = va_arg(ap, char *);
		printf("%s\n", pass);
	     case 'p':
	        port = va_arg(ap, char *);
	        printf("%s\n", port);



Looking at these I could see they were very similar with their switch statements. Instead of calling a function from main and then using that function to call the variadic function, it seems there should be a way to combine them. I'm just having trouble getting the logic/syntax for this and not finding much with my google searches.

Any suggestions much appreciated.
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Your question is not clear at all. In first code Input arguments are always defined in the variable argc. In the second example, the parameters for the 64-bit system are enumerated. Since the transition from 32 to 64-bit broke the compatibility of the transfer in a function an indefinite number of parameters. Some parameters were passed to the function through the registers and not through the stack. Therefore, macros were invented va_list, va_start, va_end. These are all different things. Choose what you need.
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main and getopt aren't variadic, they're array-based.

So one solution could be converting the variadic arguments into an array.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdarg.h>

void argfunction(char *howmany, ...);

int main(void) {
        argfunction("abc", "atext", "btext", "ctext");

void argfunction(char *howmany, ...)
        int n=0;
        // Never forget the NULLs, they convert mysterious "why" errors
        //  into "oh, I forgot to assign X" errors
        char *host=NULL, *user=NULL, *pass=NULL, *port=NULL;
        int argc=0;
        char *argv[16];
        va_list ap; // IIRC ap should always be the very last variable declared in a function.
        va_start(ap, howmany);

        argv[0]=""; // just tradition, argv[0] in main() is not an argument

        // checks howmany[0], assigns argv[1].
        // checks howmany[1], assigs argv[2], etc.
        while((argc<(16-2))&&howmany[argc++]) argv[argc]=va_arg(ap, char *);

        argv[argc]=NULL;         // Also traditional that argv[argc] be NULL.


        printf("Howmany is: %s\n", howmany);
        printf("Arguments are:\n");
        for(n=1; n<argc; n++)
                printf("\t%d\t%s\n", n, argv[n]);

        optind=1; // This is global, so reset it

        // You now have argv, argc, and optind just like main to feed getopt with.

Last edited by Corona688; 02-20-2019 at 05:07 PM..
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I guess I didn't explain things well. I assumed using a variadic function would be the only way to get optional and required parameters. I tried to implement the code from Corona688 in my own, but could not get it to work. I did more searching and came back to example 2 on this page I had been to before:

CS 417 Documents

From that example I was able to see the flags in the switch case that could make arguments required.
$ ./basic -dp -s "more stuff" blah
./basic: missing -f option
usage: ./basic [-dmp] -f fname [-s sname] name [name ...]

Thank you for the response.
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