Lars Schneider Lars Schneider - 3 years ago 82
C Question

Is it possible to exchange a C function implementation at run time?

I have implemented a facade pattern that uses C functions underneath and I would like to test it properly.

I do not really have control over these C functions. They are implemented in a header. Right now I #ifdef to use the real headers in production and my mock headers in tests. Is there a way in C to exchange the C functions at runtime by overwriting the C function address or something? I would like to get rid of the #ifdef in my code.

Answer Source

To expand on Bart's answer, consider the following trivial example.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

int (*functionPtr)(const char *format, ...);

int myPrintf(const char *fmt, ...)
    char *tmpFmt = strdup(fmt);
    int i;
    for (i=0; i<strlen(tmpFmt); i++)
        tmpFmt[i] = toupper(tmpFmt[i]);

// notice - we only print an upper case version of the format
// we totally disregard all but the first parameter to the function


int main()

    functionPtr = printf;
    functionPtr("Hello world! - %d\n", 2013);

    functionPtr = myPrintf;
    functionPtr("Hello world! - %d\n", 2013);

    return 0;


Hello World! - 2013
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