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alloca with great difficulty

All the cool kids are clashing their stacks, and all the cool developers are trying to reduce stack usage. In the midst of this, it is revealed that calling alloca can be difficult.

For starters, we might look at this fine patch removing alloca from a function in glibc. I’m mostly interested in the first chunk. That’s quite the incantation to prototype a function.

Another variant of the alloca spellbook is in bash. This version supports a different set of operating systems.

As Ben Franklin never said, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” The ifdef maze one encounters trying to call alloca is proof your compiler hates you and you will be unhappy.

Posted 21 Jun 2017 21:14 by tedu Updated: 21 Jun 2017 21:14
Tagged: c programming