Thread: c strings

  1. #1
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    c strings

    is there a function in string.h for substrings on a an array of characters?

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    strstr() maybe?
    i seem to have GCC 3.3.4
    But how do i start it?
    I dont have a menu for it or anything.

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    You may want to try looking at this:
    C String Functions
    I cooked this up real quick, I'm not totally sure if this is what you wanted though:
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    char *getSubstring(char *haystack, int start, int end);
    int main(void) {
     char *myString = "Hello World";
     char *mySubString = NULL;
     if( (mySubString = getSubstring(myString, 1, 4)) == NULL) {
      puts("Substring error");
      return 0;
     return 0;
    char *getSubstring(char *haystack, int start, int end) {
     char *substring = malloc(255 * sizeof(*substring));
     if(end < start)
      return NULL;
     int i, location=0;
     for(i=start; i<=end; ++i) {
      if(haystack[i] == '\0') return NULL;
      substring[location++] = haystack[i];
     substring[location] = '\0';
     return substring;
    The output is:
    kleid@Shiva:~/Programming/Laboratory$ ./a.out

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    You may need to be more specific, but it sounds to me like you want to tokenize a string. If you have a string containing several substrings, separated by a certain character, strtok will replace that character with a null character, and return a pointer to the beginning of that 'token'. You do this a couple of times, and you've "tokenized" a string.

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    could you explain to me thw use of malloc in the post by Kleid-0?

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