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raj_ksrt 3Mar2009 13:13

Why using ++i++ gives an error?
Hi all,

Why can't use post increment operator along with & or ++ operators ? The compiler complains that it needs an lvalue when i say ++i++ or &i++.

Please let me know what happens internally with the above two expressions.


xpi0t0s 3Mar2009 13:32

Re: Why using ++i++ gives an error?
Because i++ evaluates to a number, not a variable. You can't do ++i++ or &i++ for the same reason you can't do ++5 or &5; neither make sense.

raj_ksrt 3Mar2009 14:58

Re: Why using ++i++ gives an error?
But why the following code works?


int main()
int b=10;
int *j=&++b;

xpi0t0s 3Mar2009 16:01

Re: Why using ++i++ gives an error?
int *j=&++b;
++b in value context evaluates to b, which is an lvalue, so its address can be taken.

Preincrement *j and postincrement j. No problem there. Except j will no longer be pointing at a valid object (it points to (&b)+4). You can always preincrement a dereferenced pointer.

I guess you're misreading ++*j++ as ++(*j)++, since you seem to be comparing it with ++i++. ++*j++ is valid, but ++(*j)++ is not (you get the same error as ++i++), and is a different expression due to operator precedence. ++*j++ is equivalent to ++(*(j++)).

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