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comp.lang.c FAQ list · Question 10.8a

Q: What's the difference between #include <> and #include "" ?

A: The <> syntax is typically used with Standard or system-supplied headers, while "" is typically used for a program's own header files. See also question 10.8b.

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nice explanation by Kaz Kylheku

An article and a longer followup I posted in 1997 exploring some of the finer points which sometimes arise in deciding between #include ""and #include <>. (Warning: among the possibilities explored is that of using #include <> for your own header files under certain circumstances, a practice which is not standard and is not condoned by the readership of comp.lang.c.)

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