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printf not working?

Sometimes we noticed that printf will only flush after there is a newline in the print string, this behavior is caused by stdout stream buffer, which is line buffered by default. This behavior has been mentioned in ISO C99 standard:

There are few options to make it to print immediately once you called it.

Option 1: fflush

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printf("test");
fflush(stdout);

fflush will flush stdout immediately.

Option 2: setbuf

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setbuf(stdout, NULL);
printf("test");

setbuf(stdout, NULL); will disable stdout buffering.

It also have a secure version:

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setvbuf (stdout, NULL, _IONBF, BUFSIZ);

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