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C | Pointer Basics | Question 7

  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 04 Feb, 2013

int main() 
   int a; 
   char *x; 
   x = (char *) &a; 
   a = 512; 
   x[0] = 1; 
   x[1] = 2; 
   return 0; 

What is the output of above program?
(A) Machine dependent
(B) 513
(C) 258
(D) Compiler Error

Answer: (A)

Explanation: Output is 513 in a little endian machine. To understand this output, let integers be stored using 16 bits. In a little endian machine, when we do x[0] = 1 and x[1] = 2, the number a is changed to 00000001 00000010 which is representation of 513 in a little endian machine.

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