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comp.lang.c FAQ list · Question 20.6b

Q: How can I ensure that integer arithmetic doesn't overflow?

A: The usual approach is to test the operands against the limits in the header file <limits.h> before doing the operation. For example, here is a ``careful'' addition function:

chkadd(int a, int b)
	if(INT_MAX - b < a) {
		fputs("int overflow\n", stderr);
		return INT_MAX;
	return a + b;
See also question 19.39.

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