Thread: Find my mistake!

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    Find my mistake!

    Hi, im a beginner of programming c and this is an exercise from the book The C Programming Language by Bran W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie, exercise 1-8.
    I am trying to simply count the spaces, tabs, new lines of an input.

        int line=0,tab=0,space=0;
        int input;
        while ((input=getchar())!=EOF){
              if (input=='\t'){
              if (input==' '){
              if (input=='\n'){
        printf ("%2d%2d%2d",space,tab,line);

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    Registered User claudiu's Avatar
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    Make input a char and try again.
    1. Get rid of gets(). Never ever ever use it again. Replace it with fgets() and use that instead.
    2. Get rid of void main and replace it with int main(void) and return 0 at the end of the function.
    3. Get rid of conio.h and other antiquated DOS crap headers.
    4. Don't cast the return value of malloc, even if you always always always make sure that stdlib.h is included.

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    Registered User NeonBlack's Avatar
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    No, getchar() returns an int.

    It works well for me. What's your problem with it?

    Didn't see that this was double posted:
    Find my mistake!
    I copied it from the last program in which I passed a parameter, which would have been pre-1989 I guess. - esbo

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    Algorithm Dissector iMalc's Avatar
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    Found the mistake...

    It's a double post error!
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    and the hat of int overfl Salem's Avatar
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    See NeonBlack's link - double post closed.
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