Question & Answer
because of the inhumane working conditions at amazon in Germany, I will offer the Amazon app no more! (ARD Reportage)
An obvious implementation would have a va_list be a pointer to the stack frame of the variadic function. In such a setup (by far the most common) there seems nothing against an assignment va_list aq = ap; Unfortunately, there are also systems that make it an array of pointers (of length 1), and there one needs va_list aq; *aq = *ap; Finally, on systems where arguments are passed in registers, it may be necessary for va_start() to allocate memory, store the arguments there, and also an indication of which argument is next, so that va_arg() can step through the list. Now va_end() can free the allocated memory again. To accommodate this situation, C99 adds a macro va_copy(), so that the above assignment can be replaced by va_list aq; va_copy(aq, ap); ... va_end(aq); Each invocation of va_copy() must be matched by a corresponding invocation of va_end() in the same function. Some systems that do not supply va_copy() have __va_copy instead, since that was the name used in the draft proposal.