A beginner's problem

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    A beginner's problem

    I am getting the syntax error message " ; before type char". I have searched high and low for a missing ";" but everything seems to be in the proper place. It is the last error in my program before a successful compilation.

    Please Help!

    Thanks!

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    Show us the code (using [code] tage (see my signature). Also what line is it giving the error on?
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    Ummm okay let me use my telepaty powers to c ur code throught ur mind !!!!! Post the code if u need a decent reply nun of use is harry porter u c
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    It's just a hunch, but see if this is what's wrong

    Code:
    #include <stdio.h>
    
    int main(void)
    {
        int i;
        
        i = 2;
        	 
        printf("%d times %d is %d", i, i, i * i);
    	
        //  uncomment int l = 6 and recompile as is
    	
        //  int l = 6;
    	
        // Trying to create a variable here caused: 'syntax error : missing ';' before 'type'
    			
        // then try moving int l to the top and try it again.
    	
    	
        return 0;
    }
    Maybe that's it.
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    Thanks guys, my code was this:

    void listrecords()
    {fileptr=fopen("a:hospital", "r");
    char option;
    readfile();
    .......

    It finally dawned on me that my variables had to be declared first before opening the file. DUH!

    Now my output has some garbage in it (not from the above problem) I will try to solve that problem tonight. I just stumbled on this board - it is great to know there are people out there who are willing to hear the drivel of a newbie.

    Thanks!

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    The problem is you're trying to use C++ variable declaration in C.

    int x = 1;
    printf("%d", x );

    The above is valid C code. The below is valid C++ code, and is not valid C code:

    int x = 1;
    printf("%d", x );
    int y;

    In C, all variable declaration must be at the beginning of the scope block.

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