Problem with 'stdin'

DJ Delorie dj@delorie.com
Mon May 31 21:10:00 GMT 1999


> FILE *p = stdin.
> 
> I'm getting an error from gcc that says: 'initializer element is not a
> constant. I thought this was legal C code. Am I missing something?

It's not legal C code.  stdin doesn't have to be a constant - it can
be a function or a pointer dereference.  In fact, in cygwin it's
defined to be (_impure_ptr->_stdin) - an expression which can't be
computed at compile time.

You'll have to initialize p in main() or something like that.

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