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Implementation limits

GNU CPP has a small number of internal limits. This section lists the limits which the C standard requires to be no lower than some minimum, and all the others we are aware of. We intend there to be as few limits as possible. If you encounter an undocumented or inconvenient limit, please report that to us as a bug. (See the section on reporting bugs in the GCC manual.)

Where we say something is limited only by available memory, that means that internal data structures impose no intrinsic limit, and space is allocated with malloc or equivalent. The actual limit will therefore depend on many things, such as the size of other things allocated by the compiler at the same time, the amount of memory consumed by other processes on the same computer, etc.