Thread: Returning a string

  1. #1
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    Returning a string

    I need to reverse a string and display the original using one function. I have the function to reverse it, but i dont know how to display the original one. Any help would be appreciated.

    Code i have so far:

    #include <string.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    #define CAPACITY 35
    void reverseString(char *str)
    int main (void)
        char first[CAPACITY];
        char last[CAPACITY];
        printf(" Enter your first and last name: ");
        scanf("%s %s", first, last);
        reverseString(first, first);
        reverseString(last, last);
        printf("The reverse of your name is: %s,%s \n", first, last);
    void reverseString(char *str)
        char *p = str;
        char *q = str + strlen(str) - 1;
        char temp;
            temp = *p;
            *p = *q;
            *q = temp;
    Last edited by poly; 11-16-2012 at 04:26 PM.

  2. #2
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    Your function works by overwriting the original string, so before calling your function you can either:
    1) print the original string
    2) make a copy of the original string to print later (see strcpy() in strings.h)

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    #include <ctype.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <string.h>
    static char *rev(char *to, const char *from)
        const char *endp = from + strlen(from);
        char *save = to;
        while (endp > from)
            *to++ = *--endp;
        *to = '\0';
        return save;
    static int read(char *to, size_t n)
        int c;
        while ((c = getchar()) != EOF && !isspace(c))
            if (n) {
                *to++ = c;
        *to = '\0';
        return c;
    int main(void)
        char first[35], last[35];
        char rfirst[sizeof first], rlast[sizeof last];
        while (read(first, sizeof first) != EOF
         && read(last, sizeof last) != EOF)
            printf("%s %s\n", rev(rfirst, first), rev(rlast, last));
        return 0;

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