Bit Fields in C Language

Suppose a C program contains a number of TRUE/FALSE variables in a structure as follows:struct abc
unsigned int a;
unsigned int b;
};This structure requires 8 bytes of memory space but in actual we are going to store either 0 or 1 in each of the variables. If we use such variables inside a structure then we can define the width of a variable which specifies that we are going to use only those number of bytes. For example, above structure can be modified as follows:struct abc
unsigned int a : 1;
unsigned int b : 1;
};Now, the above structure will require 4 bytes of memory space for status variable but only 2 bits will be used to store the values. If you will use up to 32 variables each one with a width of 1 bit , then also status structure will use 4 bytes, but as soon as you will have 33 variables, then it will allocate next slot of the memory and it will start using 8 bytes.For example:struct abc1
int a;
int b;
} ;

struct abc2
int a : 1;
int b : 1;
} ;

int main( )
printf( “Memory size occupied by abc1 : %zun”, sizeof(struct abc1));
printf( “Memory size occupied by abc2 : %zun”, sizeof(struct abc2));
return 0;
}Output :Memory size occupied by abc1 : 8Memory size occupied by abc2 : 4

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