Tailoring input/output functions in the C and C++ libraries
The input/output library functions, such as the high-level
fprintf(), and the low-level
ferror(), and the C++ object
std::cout, are not target-dependent. However, the high-level library functions perform input/output by calling the low-level ones. These low-level functions call system I/O functions that are target-dependent.
To retarget input/output, you can:
- Avoid the high-level library functions.
- Redefine the low-level library functions.
- Redefine the system I/O functions.
Whether redefining the low-level library functions or redefining
the system I/O functions is a better solution depends on your use.
For example, UARTs write a single character at a time and the default
buffering, so redefining this function without a buffer might suit
a UART. However, where buffer operations are possible, redefining
the system I/O functions would probably be more appropriate.