Remove backslash from string in c

Posted on 2015-01-30
Last Modified: 2015-02-14
I need c code to remove backslash from a string.
For example, the string is "abcdef\ghijklmn", I need to remove \ from string and get the other characters to another string as "abcdefghijklmn".
Please help with the c code.

Question by:Manoj Dasaraju
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Kdo earned 100 total points
ID: 40581029
Hi Manoj,

You'll have to do the work yourself.  :(  But it's not a bad task.  Just find the backslash, and copy the string to the right of it back 1 character (over the backslash).  Repeat if you need to remove all of the backslashes.

char *s1 = "abcdef\ghijklmn";
char *s2;
char *p;

  s2 = strdup (s1);   //  Make a copy of the original.
  p = strchr (s2, '\\');
  while (p)
    strcpy (p, p+1);
    p = strchr (s2, '\\');  //  Check for another backslash.

// This leaves the edited string in s2.

Good Luck,
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simon3270 earned 400 total points
ID: 40590851
Alternatively, you can do it in-place with:

        char s[] = "abcdef\\ghij";
        char *p1, *p2;
        p1 = p2 = s;

        printf("Before  %s\n", s);
        while (*p1) {
                if ((*p1) != '\\') {
                        *p2 = *p1;
        *p2 = 0;
        printf("After  %s\n", s);

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I've doubled up the backslashes - a single \ in a string would treat the character after as a special character (e.g. "\t" would be a single tab character).

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