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Describes implementation-defined aspects of the Arm® C compiler and C library relating to environment, as required by the ISO C standard.

The mapping between physical source file multibyte characters and the source character set in translation phase 1 (
The compiler interprets the physical source file multibyte characters as UTF-8.
The name and type of the function called at program startup in a freestanding environment (
When linking with microlib, the function main() must be declared to take no arguments and must not return.
The effect of program termination in a freestanding environment (
The function exit() is not supported by microlib and the function main() must not return.
An alternative manner in which the main function can be defined (

The main function can be defined in one of the following forms:

int main(void)
int main()
int main(int)
int main(int, char **)
int main(int,char **, char **)
The values given to the strings pointed to by the argv argument to main (
In the generic Arm library the arguments given to main() are the words of the command line not including input/output redirections, delimited by whitespace, except where the whitespace is contained in double quotes.
What constitutes an interactive device (
What constitutes an interactive device depends on the environment and the _sys_istty function. The standard I/O streams stdin, stdout, and stderr are assumed to be interactive devices. They are line-buffered at program startup, regardless of what _sys_istty reports for them. An exception is if they have been redirected on the command line.
Whether a program can have more than one thread of execution in a freestanding environment (
Depends on the environment. The microlib C library is not thread-safe.
The set of signals, their semantics, and their default handling (7.14).

The <signal.h> header defines the following signals:

Signal Value Semantics
SIGABRT 1 Abnormal termination
SIGFPE 2 Arithmetic exception
SIGILL 3 Illegal instruction execution
SIGINT 4 Interactive attention signal
SIGSEGV 5 Bad memory access
SIGTERM 6 Termination request
SIGSTAK 7 Stack overflow (obsolete)
SIGRTRED 8 Run-time redirection error
SIGRTMEM 9 Run-time memory error
SIGUSR1 10 Available for the user
SIGUSR2 11 Available for the user
SIGPVFN 12 Pure virtual function called
SIGCPPL 13 Not normally used
SIGOUTOFHEAP 14 ::operator new or ::operator new[] cannot allocate memory

The default handling of all recognized signals is to print a diagnostic message and call exit().

Signal values other than SIGFPE, SIGILL, and SIGSEGV that correspond to a computational exception (
No signal values other than SIGFPE, SIGILL, and SIGSEGV correspond to a computational exception.
Signals for which the equivalent of signal(sig, SIG_IGN); is executed at program startup (
No signals are ignored at program startup.
The set of environment names and the method for altering the environment list used by the getenv function (
The default implementation returns NULL, indicating that no environment information is available.
The manner of execution of the string by the system function (
Depends on the environment. The default implementation of the function uses semihosting.
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