Thread: can't compile program

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    In my head happyclown's Avatar
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    In my head

    can't compile program

    Hi all. I've been self-learning C for about 3 weeks now.

    I am trying to open a file and read the first 150 characters into a character array, and then
    print the string to the screen.

    Here's what I've done so far:

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #define MAXLENGTH 40
    #define STRINGLENGTH 150
    int main(void)
        char stringbuffer[STRINGLENGTH];
        int counter;
        FILE *openedfile;
        char filename[MAXLENGTH];
        printf("Enter a filename to open: ");
        fgets(filename, MAXLENGTH, stdin);
        if ((openedfile = fopen(filename, "r") == NULL)
           puts("Error opening file");
        while (!feof(openedfile))
           for (counter = 0; counter < STRINGLENGTH; counter++)
        return 0;
    But the compiler is giving the error messages:

    18: warning: assignment makes pointer from integer without a cast

    19: parse error before `puts'

    Can someone please explain why I am getting these messages?

    Thanks in advance.

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    C++ Witch laserlight's Avatar
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    It is due to a typographical error. This line:
    if ((openedfile = fopen(filename, "r") == NULL)
    should be:
    if ((openedfile = fopen(filename, "r")) == NULL)
    The reason is that the compiler is interpreting the expression as:
    openedfile = fopen(filename, "r") == NULL
    Now, the fopen(filename, "r") == NULL binds tighter than the assignment, but the result of this subexpression is a boolean value, an integer. This temporary integer is then assigned to openedfile, but that mean you are assigning an integer to a pointer without a cast - which is precisely what the "extra" pair of parentheses was supposed to avoid. Then, the compiler goes on to find that there is a missing closing parenthesis, hence the parse error.
    Last edited by laserlight; 12-30-2008 at 03:14 AM.
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    I am trying to open a file and read the first 150 characters into a character array,
    Your program does something different. Check the while / for / fgets part.

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    Woof, woof! zacs7's Avatar
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    And see the FAQ about using feof() to control loops.

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