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    help needed

    what is the difference between unsigned char in[] and const unsigned char in[]


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    Re: help needed

    const means that the data cannot be changed.

    const unsigned char in[] = "qwerty";
    in contains the characters "qwerty" which cannot be changed.

    unsigned char in[] = "qwerty";
    in again contains the characters "qwerty" but the characters in the array can be changed.

    const unsigned char in[] = "qwerty";
    unsigned char in2[] = "qwerty";
    	in[0] = 'z';
    	in2[0] = 'z';
    In the above, the line highlighted produces a compile error as the code is trying to change the q to a z but in is defined as const so changes are not allowed. The in2 change is allowed as in2 is not defined as const.

    Hopes that helps.
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