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comp.lang.c FAQ list · Question 11.24

Q: Why can't I perform arithmetic on a void * pointer?

A: The compiler doesn't know the size of the pointed-to objects. (Remember that pointer arithmetic is always in terms of the pointed-to size; see also question 4.4.) Therefore, arithmetic on void *'s is disallowed (though some compilers allow it as an extension). Before performing arithmetic, convert the pointer either to char * or to the pointer type you're trying to manipulate (but see also questions 4.5 and 16.7).

References: ISO Sec., Sec. 6.3.6
H&S Sec. 7.6.2 p. 204

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