How to dereference a void variable without cast


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typedef void *STACK_ENTRY;

STACK_ENTRY *create_stack_entry(void *value) {
    STACK_ENTRY *entry = malloc(sizeof(*value));
    *entry = *value;
    return entry;

I tried to make a universal function to create a STACK_ENTRY that should be able to have any type. So I use a void pointer as a parameter. I allocate memory with the size of the type of the value and then I would like to give the value to the pointee of the STACK_ENTRY.

But I get the following error:

prog.c:34:9: error: void value not ignored as it ought to be
  *entry = *value;

How can I fix that?

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    December 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm

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    Code needs to cope with size. Pass in size when calling create_stack_entry(). No cast needed.

     // STACK_ENTRY *create_stack_entry(void *value)
     STACK_ENTRY *create_stack_entry(void *value, size_t size) {
       STACK_ENTRY *entry = malloc(size);
       if (entry) memcpy(entry, value, size);
       return entry;
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