should use size_t or ssize_t

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ssize_t is used for functions whose return value could either be a valid size, or a negative value to indicate an error. It is guaranteed to be able to store values at least in the range [-1, SSIZE_MAX] (SSIZE_MAX is system-dependent).

So you should use size_t whenever you mean to return a size in bytes, and ssize_t whenever you would return either a size in bytes or a (negative) error value.

See: http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007908775/xsh/systypes.h.html

~ Answered on 2013-04-01 07:50:43


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