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I m trying to learn C++; the problem comes with variable arguments the program is written as below:-

using namespace std;
int sum(int count,...)
		return 0;
	va_list arg_ptr;
	int s=0;
	for(int i=0;i<count;i++)

	return s;


int main()

cout << sum(2,4,6) << endl;// runs fime as cout << sum(2,4) output is 6 fine but cout << sum(2,4,6) gives output 10
//which i suppose must be 12
Posted 23-Jan-13 2:39am
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Solution 1

The output from sum(2,4,6) should be 10 not 12 ... your first parameter is a counter for the rest of the parameters. If you want the answer to be 12 you should call sum(3,2,4,6)
Mantu Singh 23-Jan-13 8:57am
Thanks a lot Got it!
One doubt pls
cout << sum(5,4,6) << endl; //5 -no of args still runs with
//junk value like4245556

Is there any clearer type safe way to do this like
param arrays in C#
fjdiewornncalwe 23-Jan-13 9:15am
In this case you are still pulling integer values from uninitialized memory space and getting whatever happens to be at that memory address.
CHill60 23-Jan-13 10:01am
Have a look at this article - might be of use
fjdiewornncalwe 23-Jan-13 9:14am
My 5.
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Solution 2


For sum(2,4,6), 10 is correct result.
For sum(2,4), 6 is wrong.
The first argument (count) of the sum function tells how many numbers will follow, so ...

sum(2,4,6) tells to sum 2 numbers which values are 4 and 6, for a total of 10.
sum(2,4) tells to sum2 numbers, but the second is not provided, so it will be read from a wrong memory location (probably from the stack location where the first argument, currently 2, is stored).

sum(2,4) should be replaced with sum(1,4).


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