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I am working on a project where the user enters in an unspecified amount of integers.  I havent came up with a good solution.

I can have the user enter the integers using scanf.  Scanf returns the amount of items entered I can use this to determine how much memory to allocate with malloc.  The problem is does scanf only count the valid data
(integers as opposed to characters?).  How would I handle if a character was in the mix of integers?


Am I headed in the right direction on this or does anyoen have a much better way of handling this.

Thanks
Darrell
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Question by:larockd
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Yoir best option would be to use a macro like isnum (I think that's the name on Borland C compiler, version 3.1).
If not than write your own, simply check the string until you hit a null and for each char check if it's the ascii range reserved for numbers.

That is, supposing s is the string in question and i an integer declared somewhere else that:


is_num(char *s){
  int i=0;
  while(s[i]){
    if(s[i]<='0' || s[i]<='9')
      return(0);
   }
   return(1);
   }
 }

Running atoi on the returned string won't help because there might be only a prtial conversion if it is a mixed string and no error returned. Better check using this method and then call atoi,
or are you lucky enough to call atol ?  ;-)>.

HTH,
Dotan
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What do you want to happen if a character was in the mix of integers?
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