# What does that operation mean?

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by Al, Sep 26, 2006.

1. ### AlGuest

Hi,
can anyone tell me what the following means? x is a float, and j an
integer. What value is in j afterwards?

j=0; j=(int)(x)&512;

Now if I use 128 instead of 512 what's the difference?

Thanks,
Al

Al, Sep 26, 2006

2. ### Chris DollinGuest

Al wrote:

> can anyone tell me what the following means?

for help.

> x is a float, and j an
> integer. What value is in j afterwards?
>
> j=0; j=(int)(x)&512;

We don't know what float value `x` has, so we don't know what
int value `(int)(x)` has (this could be written as `(int) x`),
so we don't know what value `(int) x & 512` has, except that
it's either 0 or 512, because of the way bitwise-& works.

There's no point in assigning `0` to `j` and then assigning
it the other value.

Don't post incomplete fragments.

> Now if I use 128 instead of 512 what's the difference?

The answer's either 0 or 128.

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Chris Dollin, Sep 26, 2006

3. ### Frederick GothamGuest

Al posted:

> j=(int)(x)&512;

The value of the expression, "x", is converted to int, and then BitwiseAND'ed
with the integer value 512.

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Frederick Gotham

Frederick Gotham, Sep 26, 2006
4. ### Jack KleinGuest

On Tue, 26 Sep 2006 10:08:25 +0100, Chris Dollin <>
wrote in comp.lang.c:

> Al wrote:
>
> > can anyone tell me what the following means?

>
> for help.
>
> > x is a float, and j an
> > integer. What value is in j afterwards?
> >
> > j=0; j=(int)(x)&512;

>
> We don't know what float value `x` has, so we don't know what
> int value `(int)(x)` has (this could be written as `(int) x`),
> so we don't know what value `(int) x & 512` has, except that
> it's either 0 or 512, because of the way bitwise-& works.

No, it's undefined, and anything can happen. Accessing the value of
an uninitialized float produces the undefined behavior. Attempting to
cast to int and performing a bit-wise and has nothing to do with it,
the wheels have already fallen off before you get that far.

> The answer's either 0 or 128.

There is no answer here, either, since the behavior is still
undefined.

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Jack Klein, Sep 26, 2006
5. ### Jack KleinGuest

On Tue, 26 Sep 2006 20:54:15 GMT, Frederick Gotham
<> wrote in comp.lang.c:

> Al posted:
>
> > j=(int)(x)&512;

>
>
> The value of the expression, "x", is converted to int, and then BitwiseAND'ed
> with the integer value 512.

Accessing the uninitialized value of the float x causes undefined
behavior. What happens after that doesn't matter, at least not here.

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Jack Klein, Sep 26, 2006
6. ### Old WolfGuest

Chris Dollin wrote:
> Al wrote:
> > x is a float, and j an integer. What value is in j afterwards?
> > j=0; j=(int)(x)&512;

>
> We don't know what float value `x` has, so we don't know what
> int value `(int)(x)` has (this could be written as `(int) x`),
> so we don't know what value `(int) x & 512` has, except that
> it's either 0 or 512, because of the way bitwise-& works.

If 'x' has a value outside the range of int, then the behaviour
is undefined. Otherwise it is 0 or 512

Jack Klein wrote:
> No, it's undefined, and anything can happen. Accessing the value of
> an uninitialized float produces the undefined behavior.

What makes you think x is uninitialized?

Old Wolf, Sep 27, 2006
7. ### Chris DollinGuest

Jack Klein wrote:

> On Tue, 26 Sep 2006 10:08:25 +0100, Chris Dollin <>
> wrote in comp.lang.c:
>
>> > x is a float, and j an
>> > integer. What value is in j afterwards?
>> >
>> > j=0; j=(int)(x)&512;

>>
>> We don't know what float value `x` has, so we don't know what
>> int value `(int)(x)` has (this could be written as `(int) x`),
>> so we don't know what value `(int) x & 512` has, except that
>> it's either 0 or 512, because of the way bitwise-& works.

>
> No, it's undefined, and anything can happen. Accessing the value of
> an uninitialized float produces the undefined behavior.

Good catch. I was rather assuming that his `x` had been given
/a/ value somewhere: I should have said so. (I did wonder if
the irrelevant `j=0;` was a typo for `x=0;`.)

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Chris Dollin, Sep 27, 2006
8. ### Kenny McCormackGuest

In article <>,
Jack Klein <> wrote:
>On Tue, 26 Sep 2006 20:54:15 GMT, Frederick Gotham
><> wrote in comp.lang.c:
>
>> Al posted:
>>
>> > j=(int)(x)&512;

>>
>>
>> The value of the expression, "x", is converted to int, and then BitwiseAND'ed
>> with the integer value 512.

>
>Accessing the uninitialized value of the float x causes undefined
>behavior. What happens after that doesn't matter, at least not here.

What makes you think that x is uninitialized?

Just because you can't see it in the posted fragment, doesn't mean you
can assume that the posted fragment is the entire program. In fact, we
can be sure that the posted fragment is *not* the entire program, since
it would not compile as is.

Kenny McCormack, Sep 30, 2006