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WAP to check that system is 32 bit or 64 bit ?

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WAP to check that system is 32 bit or 64 bit ?

posted Nov 8, 2013 by Anuj Yadav

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int main()
    int *ptr;
    if (sizeof(ptr) < 8)
        printf("\nThis is 32 Machine \n");
        printf("\nThis is 64 Machine \n");
answer Nov 8, 2013 by Vikas Upadhyay
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1) Using Program
use the pointer size i.e.

sizeof (void *) * CHAR_BIT

to know the size of the machine in C program.

2) To know if PC/Laptop is 64/32bit

3) On solaris, use
isainfo -b

answer Nov 8, 2013 by Deepankar Dubey
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