Thread: Getting the last word from a string using strtok?

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    Getting the last word from a string using strtok?

    I'm trying to get the last word from each line in a file using strtok(). I know how to step through each line in the file but I am having trouble getting the last word of the line.

    The line looks like this:
    ROOM NAME: Room
    so far I have this:
    char *token = strtok(line, " ");
    while (token != NULL)
    printf("%s\n", token); token = strtok(NULL, " ");
    The output:
    I'm printing out each word to see what I'm doing. Ultimately I would like to store the last word in a variable. I'm just not sure how to get the last word.

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    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <string.h>
    int main() {
        FILE *f = fopen("data.txt", "r");
        char line[1000];
        while (fgets(line, sizeof line, f) != NULL) {
            char *last_tok = NULL;
            char *tok = strtok(line, " \t\n");
            while (tok) {
                last_tok = tok;
                tok = strtok(NULL, " \t\n");
            if (last_tok)
                printf("%s\n", last_tok);
        return 0;

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    > The line looks like this:

    Which suggests that a naive approach will quickly become obsolete. The line you posted suggests a specific file format, and in my experience the very next requirement added will be introspection of the first part. Instead of simply grabbing the last "word", I'd favor a proper tokenization of the file using knowledge of the format such that your tokens become ["ROOM NAME", "Room"].

    In other words, as a start, separate the line on a colon and store the two parts (after trimming, of course) into a suitable data structure.
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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