NGX_INT32_LEN and NGX_INT64_LEN
dean at lightbulbone.com
Mon Dec 2 23:44:53 UTC 2013
While reading through the source code for nginx I came across the following two lines in ngx_config.h
#define NGX_INT32_LEN (sizeof("-2147483648") - 1)
#define NGX_INT64_LEN (sizeof("-9223372036854775808") - 1)
I was wondering if someone could explain the intention of these lines to me because it is not clear. My understanding is that using sizeof() on a string will return the number of characters in that string. Conversely, I get the feeling these lines are supposed to somehow act as replacements for INT32_MAX and INT64_MAX in stdint.h.
Looking at code where these #define’s are used doesn’t really help clarify things either. For example, in nginx.c there is:
var = ngx_alloc(sizeof(NGINX_VAR)
+ cycle->listening.nelts * (NGX_INT32_LEN + 1) + 2,
The code clearly allocates memory, but it’s not clear why the allocation is a multiple of NGX_INT32_LEN (or why we’re adding 1, or 2 for that matter).
Any direction would be much appreciated.
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