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int main()


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
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Obvio it will be compilation error , you are using undeclared a

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Assuming a is declared first.

  • In a system that uses little-endian (Like  Intel x86 processors ) the answer should be $513$
  • In a system that uses big-endian (Like IBM z/Architecture mainframes ) the answer should be a very large value.

 Answer should be (a) Machine dependent

answered by Veteran (56.9k points) 36 193 500
debashish,how do u know that it is endian notation??
and if  'a' is a int variable then how will x[0] and x[1] work??

i mean a is an integer type variable,so what will be x[0] or x[1] refer to??


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