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The third parameter of main

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So in my systems class I learned about a third parameter of main, the environment parameter. I never knew this existed, usually you are only concerned with argc and argv. Anyways now that I know this exists, it answers a lot of questions that I had prior. I thought I would share, most of you probably already knew about this but oh well.

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Returning pointers to temporary stack memory

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Returning an address to temporary stack memory seems to a bug that I see twice a week here at DIC. I am going to blame this bug on the fact that most beginners donít know how a run time stack works.

The run time stack should be thought of a growing and shrinking block of memory (itís really just a pointer moving around), used to store active...

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Never add '.' to your path :(

So today was bad ... I was working in an Ubuntu environment and I was sick of typing the prefix "./" in front of my program name to run it in the terminal. I decided that I would add "." to my end of my path, that way all system calls still had precedence and I didn't have to type the annoying "./" before my program name to run it.

Everything was perfect, I was living it up and saving valuable key strokes until unix took revenge. I decided to run the "
rm" program like so

rm -r *.



I needed to recursively remove all files from a directory, but since the "." was included in my path. "rm" also looked at the ".." folder, which then started removing files from all other places of my home directory :/ Luckily I had backed up my home folder not too long ago, but let this be a valuable lesson to all - don't include "." in your path.