Thread: Getting array size

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    Question Getting array size

    #pragma once
    #define SIZE(a) sizeof(a) / sizeof(a[0])
    #include <stdio.h>
    void iter_ints (int arr[])
        int arrSize = SIZE(arr);
        printf("arrSize %i\n", arrSize);
    The warning says "warning: ‘sizeof’ on array function parameter ‘arr’ will return size of ‘int *", but using "int *arr[]" is not working also so idk how to solve this basic issue here.

    I see lots of ppl are using sizeof(a) / sizeof(a[0]) to get array sizes but it doesn't seem to work for me.

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    The simple solution is to provide a second parameter for the array size:
    void iter_ints(int arr[], size_t arrSize)
        printf("arrSize %zu\n", arrSize);
        // ...
    I have chosen size_t as the type of arrSize because that is the type of the result of sizeof. Likewise, the format specifier for printf was changed to %zu as that is the format specifier for size_t. If your compiler complains about this, then change %zu to %lu and cast arrSize to unsigned long.

    You might call this function like this:
    int numbers[] = {2, 3, 5, 7, 11};
    iter_ints(numbers, sizeof(numbers) / sizeof(numbers[0]));
    In this context, the sizeof division method works fine because numbers really is an array, not a pointer. In iter_ints, the sizeof division method does not give you the size of the array because arr is actually a pointer, hence we pass the array size as an argument.
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