Monday, August 9, 2010

return and exit from main: difference

Basically the difference between following programs !

//ret.c
int main()
{
return 43;
}
//exit.c
int main()
{
exit(43);
}
well, there are three ways for the processes to exit: -
1. Voluntary exit (implicit)
2. Voluntary exit (explicit)
3. Involunatary exit
Voluntary exit can be implicit e.g. in case of return and explicit e.g.
in case of a call to exit(). Involuntary exit is like being killed by a
third process, receiving a SIGSTP signal (or other signals whose default ot set
behavior results in terminating the process).

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