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changing variable value by passing it to function parameter doesn't work??

Posted on 2011-02-26
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why wouldn't the following code pass the char to the deqmessage? as the output shows nothing

I must be missing something here, but I really thought that would work
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <iostream.h>
void deq_msg(char);
char deqmessage;


void deq_msg(char msg)
{
msg = 'f';
}

void main()
{
deq_msg(deqmessage);
cout<<deqmessage;
}

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Question by:logicallayer
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It has to be a pointer.

 
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <iostream.h>
void deq_msg(char);
char deqmessage;


void deq_msg(char *msg)
{
*msg = 'f';
}

void main()
{
deq_msg(&deqmessage);
cout<<deqmessage;
}

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by:jkr
jkr earned 250 total points
ID: 34989540
That had never worked before and won't ever work in the future (the function will only receive a copy) - to change a value so that the change persists in teh calling funciton, you need to pass it by reference or by pointer, e.g.
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <iostream.h>
void deq_msg(char);
char deqmessage;


void deq_msg(char& msg) // by reference
{
msg = 'f';
}

void deq_msg(char* msg) // by pointer
{
*msg = 'f';
}

void main()
{
deq_msg(deqmessage); // by reference
deq_msg(&deqmessage); // by pointer
cout<<deqmessage;
}

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by:logicallayer
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opps, I guess I'm too over whelmed with my assignment that I started pull stupid mistakes,

thanks guys,
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