Program not waiting for input

Posted on 2009-04-13
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
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Using Bloodshed Dev-C++ compiler...

I'm curious why when I compile and run my code the first section involving string s1 runs just fine; prints string, asks what char I want (the letter 'a' in this case- passes to function, etc.

next section, s2, doesn't ask what char I want.  It prints string, prints "Letter to be removed", then prints string again.  Output below:

String is: abracadabra
Letter to be removed?
String is: brcdbr

String is: abracadabra
Letter to be removed?
String is: abracadabra

Press any key to continue . . .

I copied and pasted the code from s1, and only changed s1 to s2, so I don't understand why this is happening.  

Using pointers, write a function, rmchr, that takes a string and a character as 

arguments, removing all occurrences of the character from the string, watching 

for sequential occurences.  rmchr should not leave holes in the string.

Put the string both before and after the call to rmchr to demonstrate that the 

original string was modified


#include <stdio.h>

#include <string.h>



    void rmchr(char string[], char remove);     //function to remove a character

    void printstring(const char string[]);      //function to print a string



    char s1[]="abracadabra";                          //test string s1-s5

    char s2[]="abracadabra";                          

    char s3[]="abracadabra";                          

    char s4[]="aaaa";                                 

    char s5[]="aaaa";                                 

    char letter;                                      //letter to be removed


    printstring(s1);                                  //print original string

    printf("Letter to be removed?\n");

    scanf("%c", &letter);                             //gets letter to remove

    rmchr(s1, letter);                                //calls function, passes variables

    printstring(s1);                                  //print altered string



    printstring(s2);                                  //print original string

    printf("Letter to be removed?\n");

    scanf("%c", &letter);                             //gets letter to remove

    rmchr(s2, letter);                                //calls function, passes variables

    printstring(s2);                                  //print altered string




    return 0;


//function to remove a letter

void rmchr(char string[], char remove)


    char temp[strlen(string+1)];                      //temp array

    char *ptr = string;                               //pointer to start of string

    char *endptr = string + strlen(string);           //pointer to end of string

    char *tempptr = temp;                             //pointer to start of temp string


    while(ptr != endptr)


         if(*ptr == remove)                           




              *tempptr = * ptr;                       //copies letter to temp string

              ptr++;                                  //if it doesn't match char 

              tempptr++;                              //to remove



    *tempptr = '\0';                                  //null 0 at end of temp string


    strcpy(string, temp);                             //copies to original string


//function to print string

void printstring(const char string[])


     printf("String is: %s\n", string);               


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Question by:Geisrud
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Hi Geisrud,

You have to be very careful of newline characters.  When you call scanf() or any of its sister functions, input is scanned until a character that does not match for the format string is found.  If the format specifier is a string type, the rest of the string is copied, just as you'd expect.

But if the format specifier is numeric (d, i, f, etc.) the scan stops at the first non-digit and the character is kept in the buffer to be used as the first character of the next read operation.  Irritatingly, this includes newline characters.

You'll need to modify the scanf() statement so that it skips the trailing newline.  Either that or call fflush(stdin) before pausing at the scanf().

Good Luck,
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I guess I don't 100% understand what's going on with that (just more thought required on my part...), but I changed my scanf statement (lines 29 and 36 in my code sample) to a getch statement:


and I get results I can work with.

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