PSkocik PSkocik - 4 years ago 106
C Question

Can I write to a const member of a non-const struct?

Is this code legal?:

#include <stdio.h>

typedef struct a_d{
int const x;
} a_d;

int a_d__ctor(a_d *X)
*(int*)&X->x = 42; //<-- legal or not?
return 0;

int main()
a_d a;
printf("a.x=%d\n", a.x);


Answer Source

Modyfing an object declared with const qualifier invokes undefined behavior.

According to the Standard (emphasis mine):

C11 6.7.3/6 Type qualifiers

If an attempt is made to modify an object defined with a const-qualified type through use of an lvalue with non-const-qualified type, the behavior is undefined.

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