Thread: I Need Help With Some Code Involving Pointers.

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    I Need Help With Some Code Involving Pointers.


    This is one of the tasks I have been given in a practical:

    "Create a file called order.c (and its associated header file).Inside, create a static function called ascending2() that takes two int pointers andreturns void. The function should place the smaller of the two int values in the firstmemory location and the larger in the second.In other words, ascending2() should swap its parameters if the first is larger than thesecond, but do nothing otherwise."

    My code compiles although the 2 values (inputed by the user) still swap places in memory even when the first value inputed is already smaller than the second.

    Here's the code:

    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    void ascending2(int *i, int *j);
    int main(void)
      int valueOne;
      int valueTwo;
      printf("enter 2 numbers\n");
      scanf("%d %d", &valueOne, &valueTwo);
      ascending2(&valueOne, &valueTwo);
      printf("%d, %d\n", valueOne, valueTwo);
      return 0;
    void ascending2(int *i, int *j)
      int coolInt;
      if (i > j) {
        coolInt = *i;
        *i = *j;
        *j = coolInt;

    Any ideas? Thanks!
    Last edited by Salem; 03-19-2020 at 11:33 PM. Reason: Removed crayola

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    and the hat of int overfl Salem's Avatar
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    Your test should be
    if (*i > *j)

    You want to compare what the pointers point to, not the pointers themselves.

    > create a static function called ascending2()
    You forgot to make it static, not that that had any bearing on the functionality.
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    Ohhh of course. Thank you! And yeah I haven't made it static yet.

    Thanks again for the help!

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