The C library routine that reads data from the standard input stream stdin into the locations given by each entry in its argument list. The first argument is a format string which controls interpretation of the input and each subsequent argument points to a variable with a type that corresponds to a type specifier in the format-string.
Unix manual page: scanf(3).
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