Mail Archives: djgpp/1999/09/01/19:42:40

Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 20:08:55 +0100
From: Peter Restall <pete AT restall DOT net>
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To: djgpp AT delorie DOT com
Subject: : Re^2: sscanf() fluffs my program up !
Reply-To: djgpp AT delorie DOT com

On Wed, 1 Sep 1999 14:40:23 +0300 (IDT), Eli wrote:
> [snip]
>> /* Define the structure used for holding information about a video mode */
>> typedef struct {
>>         char            name[64];	/* Identification string */
>>         u_shortint      width;          /* Width (in pixels) */
> The member `width' is declared 16-bit unsigned short, but you read it
> with a format specifier that tells sscanf its a 32-bit unsigned int.  
> Therefore, sscanf will corrupt the previous member.  (You might get away 
> with some of the members because GCC aligns struct members for optimum 
> performance, but that's sheer luck.)
> The same is true for all the other members.
> To read a short, use %hd or %hX, as the case may be.
Thanks.  However, I tried the '%hd' and '%hX', but to no avail.  The new code
I used is that given below:
	sscanf(modedef, "%[^:]:%hdx%hd:%hd:%hd:%hX:%hX:%hX",

But it still doesn't work.  I even tried using '%[^:]:%hd x%hd' for the first
part (notice the extra space) because I thought that 'sscanf()' might be
trying to interpret the 'x' (which is part of my 'modedef' syntax) as a hex
type-specifier.  The thing is, the code works fine in Linux, which is usually
the first to complain if there's a segmentation violation or something.  I'm
stuck :(  Thanks,

	Pete =:-)

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