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Sat Apr 06, 2002 9:59 pm

It is my understanding that the following code segment (in C) is valid:

int a, b, c;
a = 1;
b = 1;
c = 1;
if (a == b == c)

This code, when run should print AT-HT. However, with the compiler my university uses, if a, b and c are set to -1, the IF statement is not taken. Is this a bug in the compiler or is it my misunderstanding of the C language?

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Sat Apr 06, 2002 10:47 pm

Try adding a newline, and breaking out the tests:

int a = 1, b = 1, c = 1;

if ((a == b) && (b == c))

You are false data.
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Sun Apr 07, 2002 12:46 am

AAHHHH NO!!!!!!!!
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From what I remember leaving out the "MAIN()" and the "{,}" can cause strange things like that to occur.
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Sun Apr 07, 2002 1:41 am

Prelude - that's quite a simple one, and the reason is due to this: The expression is broken down into two components that are evaluated left to right (I think, I never bothered to learn C's precedent rules):

((a == b) == c)

In your compiler's case the first truth test "a == b" will probably evaluate to 1 if true and 0 if false. So the expression is reduced to ((1) == c) if a was equal to b (which it was, because they're both 1). Then, because c is -1, the expression "((1) == c)" is obviously not true, so it comes up false.

It only worked with all the variables being 1 because that happened to co-incide with the truth value for your compiler which is also 1.

Truth operators are a bit funny to get used to in C, :roll: , so try to deal with them on their own terms :) - in other words, use (a == b && b == c).


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