C++: Is there a Value used to designate the end-of-an-array for non-char arrays?

Perry Smith pedz@easesoftware.net
Mon Jan 23 14:08:00 GMT 2006

In general, no.

For some specific instances, there is a value but that value is put  
there by the C code (or C++ code) and not the "language" or the  
compiler.  For example, the main program is called as:  int main(int  
argc, char *argv[])  The argv array is an array of pointers to  
strings.  The last entry in the array is a null pointer.  But, as I  
said, that is set up by other code before main is called.

So, if you are writing just the receiving part of such an interface,  
check with the side that is creating the array to see if they are  
doing something similar.  Or if you are creating both sides of the  
interface, then you can design and implement whatever you desire.   
Often, with an array of structures, a particular field in the  
structure is given a special value that should never otherwise occur.


On Jan 23, 2006, at 2:08 AM, Robert Miesen wrote:

> Hi.
> I am curious if there is any sort of value used to designate the  
> end of an array for arrays that are not of type char. I checked the  
> book, "The C Programming Language", the book, "C++: The Complete  
> Reference, 4th ed.", and briefly checked and found no information  
> on the value used to designate the end of a non-character array.
> Does such an end-of-array value exist for arrays that are not  
> character arrays? Thank you for your responses in advance

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