Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes:

> David Kastrup <d...@gnu.org> writes:
>> Hi, I am wondering if I may compare pointers with < that have been
>> created using different calls of malloc.
>> The C standard does not allow this (inequalities are only allowed for
>> pointers into the same structure) to allow for some cheapskate sort of
>> comparison in segmented architectures.
> Hmm... if you were to implement a set of pointers in such a way that
> you can cheaply tell if an unknown pointer belongs to that set, you
> would use a hashtable, keyed with something that is derived from the
> value of the pointer casted to uintptr_t, I would think.

The types intptr_t and uintptr_t are optional in ISO/IEC 9899:1999
(C99).  So it would seem that I'd be covering fewer cases rather than
more in that manner.

I should think that architectures providing uintptr_t/intptr_t would
have very little incentive _not_ to offer pointer inequalities
equivalent to either the uintptr_t or intptr_t type conversion.

David Kastrup
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