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Old 01-17-2003
Question C questions

What does "extern" do?
ex. extern int x;

and another question, what about using static in functions? like: static void foo(), why?
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Old 01-17-2003
You really need to read a book on C programming, but I will try a brief answer.

If I do "extern int errno" I am telling the compiler that errno is an integer. But it is really defined in some other module. So the compiler will not create a variable called errno, it will just reference it. Then when I run "ld" I better be including a module that defines errno without the extern.

Putting "static" on a function will make the function invisible to the outside world. It can only be called by other functions in the same source file.
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Old 01-17-2003
c

aha thanks allot!

I do have a C book but I did not have it with me here. I was confused whilst reading source file.

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