How to get “printf” messages written in NDK application?

if i am defining such function in java file

   * Adds two integers, returning their sum
  public native int add( int v1, int v2 );

so i need to code in c file

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  • 3 Solutions collect form web for “How to get “printf” messages written in NDK application?”

    use __android_log_print() instead. You have to include header <android/log.h>

    Sample Example. __android_log_print(ANDROID_LOG_DEBUG, "LOG_TAG", "\n this is log messge \n");

    You can also use format specifier like printf –

    __android_log_print(ANDROID_LOG_DEBUG, "LOG_TAG", "Need to print : %d %s",int_var, str_var);

    Make sure you also link against the logging library, in your file:

      LOCAL_LDLIBS := -llog

    Ohh.. forgot .. The output will be shown in Logcat with tag LOG_TAG

    Easy Approach

    Add the following lines to your common header file.

    #include <android/log.h>
    #define  LOG_TAG    "your-log-tag"
    #define  LOGD(...)  __android_log_print(ANDROID_LOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, __VA_ARGS__)
    #define  LOGE(...)  __android_log_print(ANDROID_LOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, __VA_ARGS__)
    // If you want you can add other log definition for info, warning etc

    Now just call LOGD("Hello world") or LOGE("Number = %d", any_int) like printf in c.

    Don’t forget to include the common header file.

    Remove the logging

    If you define LOGD(...) empty, all logs will be gone. Just comment after LOGD(...).

    #define LOGD(...) // __android_log..... rest of the code

    There is two options:

    1) replace printf with __android_log_print. You can do this easily with define at beginning of code:

    #define printf(...) __android_log_print(ANDROID_LOG_DEBUG, "TAG", __VA_ARGS__);

    Of course this will require changing all source code that has printf.

    2) redirect stdout and stderr to Android logcat (not sure if this will work on non-rooted device):

    not need to root device, acroding to, below can work prefectly.

    $ adb shell 
    $ su 
    $ stop
    $ setprop log.redirect-stdio true
    $ start


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