accessing global variable in c.

Posted on 2005-03-28
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Last Modified: 2010-04-15
in c++ we have :: operator to acess global variable ( if we have a local variable with the same name as that of global variable).
BUT how does we access such a global variable in c?

int x;
       int x;


how do i access global x in main()
Question by:soodsandeep
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ID: 13642274
You can't with a 'normal' language construct.
You can by using pointers that point to the original variable but that is not really any point.
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sunnycoder earned 200 total points
ID: 13642345
SilkyShark is right, you can't.

There are a number of work arounds though ... pointers, as already suggested, is one of them
Another would be to write a function which simply returns the value of the global variable

int FetchGlobalVar ()
  return (GlovalVar);

These and more ways + discussions on this very topic are here
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ID: 13647703
Hi soodsandeep,
You shouldn't do this, anyway. It's not good programming style. Since C lacks C++'s namespaces, you'd normally prefix globals, or store them in a global structure - it's less pollution of the global namespace.



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