Is there a portable way to know if uintptr_t is defined in stdint.h?


Preamble: I want to convert a pointer to an integer type, e.g. to check alignment. uintptr_t seems to be the correct type, but <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1845482/what-is-uintptr-t-data-type/1846648#1846648" rel="nofollow">it is guaranteed only in C, not in C++ (or C++11)</a>

For the following code:

#include <stdint.h> #ifndef I_WONDER_IF_UINTPR_T_IS_DEFINED typedef unsigned long uintptr_t; #endif template <typename T> bool isAligned(unsigned char* p) ///Checks alignment with respect to some data type { return !((uintptr_t) p % sizeof(T)); } template bool isAligned<uint16_t>(unsigned char* p); template bool isAligned<uint32_t>(unsigned char* p); template bool isAligned<uint64_t>(unsigned char* p);

2 questions:

<ul><li>Is there a magic and guaranteed word that I can use where I put I_WONDER_IF_UINTPR_T_IS_DEFINED?</li> <li>Should I just use unsigned long and forget about it?</li> </ul>

Generated assembly (when uintptr_t available): <a href="http://goo.gl/4feUNK" rel="nofollow">http://goo.gl/4feUNK</a>

Note 1: I am aware than in C++11 I should use <a href="http://en.cppreference.com/w/cpp/language/alignof" rel="nofollow">alignof</a> in place of sizeof <br /> Note 2: I am aware of this discussion: <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13642827/cstdint-vs-stdint-h" rel="nofollow"><cstdint> vs <stdint.h></a>


If you really want to work with an implementation not providing uintptr_t when including <stdint.h>, consider using uintmax_t instead, and a static_assert for suitability (you already established you might be on a goofy setup, so it might be too small):

#include <stdint.h> static_assert(sizeof(uintmax_t) >= sizeof(void*), "need a bigger unsigned type."); // Add code using `uintmax_t` to round-trip data-pointers here

There are two dis-advantages though:

<ol><li>uintmax_t might not be uintptr_t, important for overload-resolution and linking.</li> <li>uintmax_t might be bigger than neccessary.</li> </ol>


In general, portable build systems on *nix tend to use the "autotools" approach which is to test-compile a trivial file containing the type in question, and if it compiles, you know you have that type. If you want something simpler, you could either (a) assume uintptr_t is available even in C++ (probably reasonable), or (b) use unsigned long long and then:

static_assert(sizeof(unsigned long long) >= sizeof(void*), "oops");


I know this is very old, but, how about using UINTPTR_MAX for your I_WONDER_IF_UINTPR_T_IS_DEFINED ?


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