Mail Archives: djgpp/1997/10/18/08:32:25

From: Erik Max Francis <max AT alcyone DOT com>
Newsgroups: comp.os.msdos.djgpp
Subject: Re: sprintf() string length?
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 01:42:30 -0700
Organization: Alcyone Systems
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Peter Palotas wrote:

> Is there a way to find out the length of the string that sprintf()
> will
> generate, without writing it anywhere? i.e. if I want to dynamically
> allocate the storage space for the string this would be very good
> (read
> essential) to know!

Unfortunately, there is no ANSI C way to do this.  The method that most
people use for "safe" string operations is to do the operations in a
Very Large Buffer, then only copy the portion that is appropriate the
user buffer handed to the function.  Ugly, but it works.

          Erik Max Francis, &tSftDotIotE / mailto:max AT alcyone DOT com
                        Alcyone Systems /
   San Jose, California, United States / icbm://+37.20.07/-121.53.38
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