error C2143: syntax error : missing ')' before ';'

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    error C2143: syntax error : missing ')' before ';'

    Hello,

    I am return a string from a function. Function prototype:
    Code:
    char* ToUpper(char *str, const int length);

    In my main i have the following:
    Code:
    char string2[] = "Hello how are you today?";
    strcpy(string2, ToUpper(string2, strlen(string2));
    I keep on getting the following error message.

    error C2143: syntax error : missing ')' before ';'

    Any advice would be most gratefull,

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1_rm View Post
    Code:
    strcpy(string2, ToUpper(string2, strlen(string2));
    error C2143: syntax error : missing ')' before ';'
    Count your parentheses. You have 3 opening but only 2 closing on that line.
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    Thanks,

    I was looking everywhere.

    A stupid mistake. I will have to look more closely next time.

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    Try putting spaces at certain places to make it easier to spot where there needs to be ending ).
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    > strcpy(string2, ToUpper(string2, strlen(string2));
    If ToUpper() returns string2, then not only is the strcpy a waste of time, it's also undefined.

    Very few C library functions which move data around are guaranteed to do the "right thing" when the source and destination overlap. memmove() is an exception.
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