[TUHS] v7 K&R C

Paul Winalski paul.winalski at gmail.com
Mon May 18 02:38:26 AEST 2020

On 5/17/20, ron at ronnatalie.com <ron at ronnatalie.com> wrote:
>> so here the EOF was different and char was signed 7-bit it seems.
> That makes perfect sense if you're dealing with ASCII, which is a 7-bit
> character set.
> But that assumes you were reading "characters" rather than "bytes."   Binary
> data certainly could be any combination of 8 bits and you'd want something
> out of band to signal errors/eof.

Well, the function in question is called getchar().  And although
these days "byte" is synonymous with "8 bits", historically it meant
"the number of bits needed to store a single character".

-Paul W.

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