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Thursday May 10, 2007
01:55 AM

Hateful C Compiler Magic

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Suppose that I want to call a C function in a shared library. Suppose also that the only way I can call this function is through a function pointer.

That part I know how to do. That's solvable.

Now suppose that I want to call a varargs function, and the same caveats apply. I have to call this function through a function pointer.

How do I do it? Do I build my own va_list structure by hand? If so, how?

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  • It's actually pretty straightforward:

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

    void bar(int cnt, ...) {
        va_list ap;
        while (cnt--) {
            int a = va_arg(ap, int);
            printf("%d ", a);

    int main() {
        void (*b)(int, ...);
        b = bar;
        return 0;

    Or did I miss something?
    • Or did I miss something?

      Hmm, no. I missed b = bar; in my example, which leads me to wonder why there was no crash.

      Thanks for the sanity check! Now I need to figure out how to add varargs support to NCI.