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Here is my code.  Does anyone know a simple way to convert the sum in printf statement to an octal value?

Any help would be appreciated.

#include<stdio.h>

int main()
{
  int octal, decimal = 0;
  int number1, number2, sum;
  int highBit = 512 /*8^3*/, factor = 1000 /*10^3*/;

  printf( "Enter two numbers ( no more than 4 digits ) in base 8: " );
  scanf( "%d%d", &number1, &number2, &octal );
 
  while ( highBit >= 1 )
  {
     decimal += octal / factor * highBit;
     highBit /= 8;
     octal %= factor;
     factor /= 10;
  }

  sum = number1 + number2;

  printf( "Result: %d + %d = %d\n", number1, number2, sum );

  return 0;
}

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by:gj62
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Prints octal values for x, y and z...

 printf(" octal x = %4o y = %4o z = %4o\n",x,y,z);
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by:gj62
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whoops, you'd only need to do the last number, not all 3...
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by:gj62
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Of course, you are adding the 2 numbers as if they were base10 numbers, so the sum will be incorrect in octal format, unless you are doing something not shown in your code...

Routines to convert and work/add  octals can be found here:

http://www.programmersheaven.com/zone3/cat415/13801.htm

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by:Salte
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why do you scanf the numbers using %d if you want to read them as octal numbers?

use %o if the numbers are octal.

printf( "Enter two numbers ( no more than 4 digits ) in base 8: " );
 scanf( "%o%o", &number1, &number2 );

Then you have the numbers already in octal form and all you have to do is add them together:

int result = number1 + number2;

Question 2: What is that &octal doing in your scanf call. You have only two formats so the third argument to scanf is ignored.

Also be aware that scanf will leave the \n the user typed at the end of the numbers still in the buffer, you should do a fgets() or something  after the scanf to get rid of that '\n' and other garbage after the numbers.

Personally I detest scanf and consider the function bad. In your particular usage of it isn't that bad though so I won't nag about that here except saying that I think fgets() followed by sscanf() is better. Even better would be to use cin >> number1 >> number2; and not use scanf() type functions at all.

#include <iostream>

...

cout << "Enter two numbers blah blah blah: ";
cin >> oct >> number1 >> number2;
cin.ignore(1024,'\n');


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Btw, if you want to print a value as octal by printf the format is also %o:

printf( "The result is 0%o\n", number1 + number2);

would display the result in octal.

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by:adinkins
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Great,

Thanks for all your help.  I used the %o in scanf and printf and all is well.

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Thanks for all your help.  I used %o in scanf and printf and all work out well.

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