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__BUILTIN_OBJECT_SIZE(3) Library Functions Manual __BUILTIN_OBJECT_SIZE(3) NAME __builtin_object_size -- return the size of the given object SYNOPSIS size_t __builtin_object_size(void *ptr, int type); DESCRIPTION The __builtin_object_size() function is a gcc(1) built-in function that returns the size of the ptr object if known at compile time and the object does not have any side effects. RETURN VALUES If the size of the object is not known or it has side effects the __builtin_object_size() function returns: (size_t)-1 for type 0 and 1. (size_t)0 for type 2 and 3. If the size of the object is known, then the __builtin_object_size() function returns the maximum size of all the objects that the compiler knows that they can be pointed to by ptr when type & 2 == 0, and the minimum size when type & 2 != 0. SEE ALSO gcc(1), __builtin_return_address(3), attribute(3), ssp(3) HISTORY The __builtin_object_size() appeared in GCC 4.1. CAVEATS This is a non-standard, compiler-specific extension. Note that currently the object size calculation pass is only done at -O1 or above, meaning that this function always returns -1 when the optimizer is off. There are some discussions about always doing the object size pass, but the issue is that without the optimization pass data sizes are not going to be correct. For that reason currently code fortification (size-checked replacement functions) is disabled when optimization is off. NetBSD 7.1.2 July 18, 2012 NetBSD 7.1.2