GNU C supports data types for integers that are twice as long as
int. Simply write
long long int for a signed integer, or
unsigned long long int for an unsigned integer. To make an
integer constant of type
long long int, add the suffix
to the integer. To make an integer constant of type
long int, add the suffix
ULL to the integer.
You can use these types in arithmetic like any other integer types. Addition, subtraction, and bitwise boolean operations on these types are open-coded on all types of machines. Multiplication is open-coded if the machine supports fullword-to-doubleword a widening multiply instruction. Division and shifts are open-coded only on machines that provide special support. The operations that are not open-coded use special library routines that come with GNU CC.
There may be pitfalls when you use
long long types for function
arguments, unless you declare function prototypes. If a function
int for its argument, and you pass a value of type
long long int, confusion will result because the caller and the
subroutine will disagree about the number of bytes for the argument.
Likewise, if the function expects
long long int and you pass
int. The best way to avoid such problems is to use prototypes.
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