Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (3P)
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--- compare bytes in memory
int memcmp(const void *s1, const void *s2, size_t n);
The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the
ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the
ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1-2008 defers to the ISO C standard.
function shall compare the first
bytes (each interpreted as
of the object pointed to by
to the first
bytes of the object pointed to by
The sign of a non-zero return value shall be determined by the sign of
the difference between the values of the first pair of bytes (both
interpreted as type
that differ in the objects being compared.
function shall return an integer greater than, equal to, or less than
0, if the object pointed to by
is greater than, equal to, or less than the object pointed to by
No errors are defined.
The following sections are informative.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008,
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from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology
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