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ASSERT(3)		   Linux Programmers Manual		    ASSERT(3)

       assert - abort the program if assertion is false


       void assert(scalar expression);

       If  the	macro  NDEBUG  was  defined  at the moment  was last
       included, the macro assert() generates no code, and hence does  nothing
       at all.	Otherwise, the macro assert() prints an error message to stan
       dard error and terminates the program by calling abort(3) if expression
       is false (i.e., compares equal to zero).

       The  purpose  of  this macro is to help the programmer find bugs in his
       program.   The  message	"assertion  failed  in	file  foo.c,  function
       do_bar(), line 1287" is of no help at all to a user.

       No value is returned.

       POSIX.1-2001,  C89,  C99.  In C89, expression is required to be of type
       int and undefined behavior results if it is not, but in C99 it may have
       any scalar type.

       assert()  is implemented as a macro; if the expression tested has side-
       effects, program behavior will be different depending on whether NDEBUG
       is defined.  This may create Heisenbugs which go away when debugging is
       turned on.

       abort(3), assert_perror(3), exit(3)

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       be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

GNU				  2002-08-25			     ASSERT(3)

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