Thread: reading in a txt file into a list

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    reading in a txt file into a list

    here is my code so far
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <ctype.h>
    typedef struct { char l[20]; struct List *next; } List;
    List *insertList (char head, List *tail)
    	List *t = calloc (1, sizeof (List));
    	t -> l = head;
    	t -> next = tail;
    	return t;
    static FILE *open_file (char *file, char *mode)
      FILE *fp = fopen (file, mode);
      if (fp == NULL){
        perror ( "Unable to open file" );
        exit ( EXIT_FAILURE );
      return fp;
    int main (int argc, char *argv[])
    int ch;
    FILE *in;
     if ( argc != 3 ) {
        fprintf ( stderr, "Usage: %s <readfile1> <writefile2>\n", argv[0] );
        exit ( EXIT_FAILURE );
    	in = open_file ( argv[1], "r" );
    i am stuck on figuring out how to exactly read in a text file and put every separate word into a list, while ignoring commas.
    any ideas? cheers

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    Your insert head function would need to take a char array, and use strcpy to copy a word.

    Also, before you get complicated with reading a file, debug your list code with
    int main ( ) {
      list = createList();
      list = insertList( "hello", list );
      list = insertList( "world", list );
      return 0;
    When you've gotten the list functionality sorted, then look at using fgets() and strtok() to read lines, and split into words.
    If you dance barefoot on the broken glass of undefined behaviour, you've got to expect the occasional cut.
    If at first you don't succeed, try writing your phone number on the exam paper.

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