Using the Fall Through Feature of a Switch statement

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    Using the Fall Through Feature of a Switch statement

    Just wanted to share this little beautiful illustration of the "fall through" feature of a switch statement, and how it can be used. (and why you need the break statement after every case, if you don't want it)

    This is the way I remember it working.

    Code:
    /* The Twelve Days of Christmas lyrics, showing the "fall through" feature of the switch statement 
    */
    
    #include <stdio.h>
    
    int main(void) {
    
      int day;
      char numbers[][13]={"empty","first","second","third","fourth","fifth","sixth","seventh","eight","ninth","tenth","eleventh","twelfth"};
      printf("\n\n\n\t\t   Welcome to the Twelve Days of Christmas");
    
      for(day = 1; day < 13; day++) {
        printf("\n\n On the %s Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me:\n", numbers[day]);
    
        switch(day) {
          case 12: printf("\n 12 Drummers Drumming");
          case 11: printf("\n 11 Pipers Piping");
          case 10: printf("\n 10 Lords a'Leaping");
          case 9: printf("\n  9 Ladies Dancing");
          case 8: printf("\n  8 Maids a'Milking");
          case 7: printf("\n  7 Swans a'Swimming");
          case 6: printf("\n  6 Geese a'Laying");
          case 5: printf("\n  5 Golden Rings");
          case 4: printf("\n  4 Calling Birds");
          case 3: printf("\n  3 French Hens");
          case 2: printf("\n  2 Turtle Doves");
          case 1: 
            if(day > 1) 
              printf("\n  And a Partridge in a Pear Tree");
            else
              printf("\n  A Partride in a Pear Tree");
        }
        if(day < 12) {
          printf("\n\n\t\t   press enter to see the next day's presents");
          getchar();
        }
      }
      
      printf("\n\n\t\t\t     press enter when ready");
      day = getchar();
    
      return 0;
    }

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    Code:
       register n = (count + 7) / 8;      /* count > 0 assumed */
    
       switch (count % 8)
       {
       case 0:        do {  *to = *from++;
       case 7:              *to = *from++;
       case 6:              *to = *from++;
       case 5:              *to = *from++;
       case 4:              *to = *from++;
       case 3:              *to = *from++;
       case 2:              *to = *from++;
       case 1:              *to = *from++;
                          } while (--n > 0);
       }
    I don't get it. If count % 8 is anything other than 0, shouldn't you have a do-while loop that's missing the do part?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjust
    If count % 8 is anything other than 0, shouldn't you have a do-while loop that's missing the do part?
    No, you would not. The case labels are just labels, so you can imagine a situation where a goto jumps into the middle of a do while loop.
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