float and long data type

Posted on 2004-05-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-02
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Seed = 0.000000
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The above are the results I receive after compiling the program below.  Can someone explain why I am getting the number 0.000000?  This is for a school assignment.  The objective here is to use Random function that was given to us, and send in the value "12345L".  Then output the result!  

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Thanks for the response!

/*Below program is compiled and executed in Visual C++.NET*/
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

float Random(long *seed);
/* Defining function Random*/
float Random(long *seed)
      float temp=0 ; //initialized to 0

int main()
      float rn;
      long seed = 12345L;
      long *seedptr;
      seedptr = &seed;
      printf("Seed = %f \n", &seed);
      //printf("Seed = %f \n", *seedptr);
      //rn = Random(seedptr);

      //printf("The random number generated is: %f \n", rn);
Question by:Charley420
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Sjef Bosman earned 200 total points
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Printf cannot check whether the parameters passed are correct. The %f tells printf to get a float from its the stack, but you pushed an address of a long on it. A correct use of printf would be
    printf("Seed = %ld\n", seed)
    printf("Seed = %ld\n", *seedptr)

Expert Comment

ID: 10968682
Just a comment Charley

Be aware that you're just printing the address of a local variable.
You're not calling the Random function.

(Note that the lines are commented)

Hope this helps


Author Comment

ID: 10969457
I had failed to mention in the original post, I commented out all of the other lines because I wanted to make sure I was passing in the correct value into the Random function.  Thanks for your response!

I was searching on websites and non of them mentioned "%ld".   I understand that "%d" stands for signed integer written in decimal and "%l" specifies the variable is a long int*, but no one ever mentioned you concatenate the variables l and d together.  Thanks for your response!

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by:Sjef Bosman
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Just some hints/links:
- search Google on "manual printf c", the second link is
- and search for printf
- and click on Table of Output Conversions or Table of Integer Conversions
- the latter sends you to
- look on the second screen, where you will find anything on "type modifier"

And why a B?

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ID: 10974408
I fat fingered :o/....on the grading
I appreciated the links!

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