Thread: Deleting from linked list

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    Deleting from linked list

    I've been working my way through SAMS teach yourself C for Linux programming over the last year and have recently been studying linked lists.

    To delete from the middle of a linked list the book says to do this:

    struct person *current1, *current2;

    You should go through the list until current1 points to the element before the one you want to delete then:

    current2 = current1->next;

    current2 now also points to the element.

    current1->next = current2->next;

    What I am not understanding though is the above. current2 points to the memory current1->next points to, when you free current1->next you are deallocating the memory that current2 points to and current2->next would havel be stored here so how can you be expected to you assign current current2->next to current1->next if you have dellocated the memory current2 points to?
    Last edited by Golf7; 06-20-2010 at 02:32 PM.

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    Ugh. Idiotic book.
    You're right in this case. You should update the pointer before calling free. Otherwise you will be invoking undefined behavior.
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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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    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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