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the \ make sense only with c string function?

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The backslash used as a prefix for escape character can be used both in string constants and as single character literals. Besides that they are also used as line continuations for macros (in C anyway).

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In a string \ is a normal character like all the others, but it gets treated specially when compiling as it is used to escape characters. So to actually put a \ character in a string, you would need to write '\\'.

(a common bug for windows programmers to write something like "C:\folder\newstuff\test", which is wrong. \f gets translated to a form feed character, \n becomes a newline, and \t becomes a tab character.)

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Original post by doynax
The backslash used as a prefix for escape character can be used both in string constants and as single character literals. Besides that they are also used as line continuations for macros (in C anyway).

And in C++ as well. And not just for macros, they are also useful when your lines of code are getting too long to be seen without sideways scrolling [sick]

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