where from extern int errno came ?

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    where from extern int errno came ?

    Hello,..

    few minutes ago i was noted that using extern int errno is actually a mistake but the problem is that as far as i remember coding in C (the last year) i used that form.

    where from this behavior came from in the beginning ?
    what i mean is why do people use extern int errno (i know that i saw it somewhere )
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    No idea what you're really talking about, but I think the proper way to use errno is to include errno.h.... Trying to manually include functions or variables is probably not a good idea since each compiler handles these things in their own way.

    Edit: OK, after reading this other topic, I think my answer is in line with what are asking, but your question has already been answered there.
    Last edited by MacGyver; 10-14-2007 at 04:53 PM.

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    All you need is in the man page:
    It is unspecified whether errno is a macro or an identifier declared with external linkage. If a macro definition is suppressed in order to access an actual object, or a program defines an identifier with the name errno, the behavior is undefined.
    Which means if you declare it as extern int as you say above, you're playing with fire. You may get lucky if your implementation defines errno as an int, but if it defines it as a macro, you're screwed.

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