# Converting Character Array to String

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by Charles L, Dec 3, 2003.

1. ### Charles LGuest

I don't know if this is a stupid quesiton or not.

I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from a
previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
use?

Can anyone help?

Charles L

Charles L, Dec 3, 2003

2. ### lallousGuest

"Charles L" <> wrote in message
news:3fcdfe8e\$...
> I don't know if this is a stupid quesiton or not.
>
> I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from

a
> previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
> end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
> use?
>
> Can anyone help?
>
> Charles L
>

What is a string?
Are you talking about STL's string ?

an array of characters is a string.

If you mean that array of characters doesn't have to be null terminated and
string has to be, then the answer to your question would be:
Try to determine a size out of your character array then do this:
string[length] = 0;

Regards
Elias

lallous, Dec 3, 2003

3. ### Richard BosGuest

"Charles L" <> wrote:

> I don't know if this is a stupid quesiton or not.
>
> I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from a
> previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
> end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
> use?

If you know how long the string is supposed to be, it's simple:
array[length]='\0' will do the trick. If you don't know how long it's
supposed to be, there's no feasible way to find out from the array
alone, since the characters past the required length can be filled with
anything, including seemingly normal text.

Richard

Richard Bos, Dec 3, 2003
4. ### EricGuest

Charles L <> wrote:

> I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from a
> previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
> end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
> use?

Do you track how many characters you have?

If you know this, what you want to do is easy.

long nCharacters; /*should be set to the number of characters you*/
/*have*/

yourString[nCharacters] = '\0';

This does assume 'yourString' has the space to store the null character.
If you do not know that it does, you will need to dynamically allocate a
string that will.

long nCharacters; /*should be set to the number of characters you*/
/*have*/
char *newString = NULL;

newString = malloc( nCharacters + 1 ); /*should check for NULL*/
strncpy( newString, yourString, nCharacters );
newString[nCharacters] = '\0';

If you do not know how many characters you have or cannot determine it,
what you want to do is impossible.

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Eric, Dec 3, 2003
5. ### Richard BosGuest

"lallous" <> wrote:

> "Charles L" <> wrote in message
> news:3fcdfe8e\$...
> > I don't know if this is a stupid quesiton or not.
> >
> > I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from

> a
> > previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
> > end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
> > use?

>
> What is a string?

A string is, and I quote the Standard, "a contiguous sequence of
characters terminated by and including the first null character".

> Are you talking about STL's string ?

Who is STL?

> an array of characters is a string.

Only if terminated by a null character.

> If you mean that array of characters doesn't have to be null terminated and
> string has to be,

Of course he does.

> Try to determine a size out of your character array

How?

Richard

Richard Bos, Dec 3, 2003
6. ### Lew PitcherGuest

lallous wrote:
> "Charles L" <> wrote in message
> news:3fcdfe8e\$...
>
>>I don't know if this is a stupid quesiton or not.
>>
>>I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from

>
> a
>
>>previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
>>end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
>>use?
>>
>>Can anyone help?
>>
>>Charles L
>>

>
>
> What is a string?

7.1.1 Definitions of terms
1 A string is a contiguous sequence of characters terminated by and
including the first null character. The term multibyte string is sometimes
used instead to emphasize special processing given to multibyte characters
contained in the string or to avoid confusion with a wide string. A pointer
to a string is a pointer to its initial (lowest addressed) character. The
length of a string is the number of bytes preceding the null character and
the value of a string is the sequence of the values of the contained
characters, in order.

> Are you talking about STL's string ?

He'd better not be, given that this is comp.lang.c and there's no such thing
as STL here.

> an array of characters is a string.

Without the terminating null character, an array of characters is /not/ a
string.

> If you mean that array of characters doesn't have to be null terminated and
> string has to be, then the answer to your question would be:
> Try to determine a size out of your character array then do this:
> string[length] = 0;

Correct.

> Regards
> Elias
>
>

--
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Enterprise Technology Solutions, TD Bank Financial Group

(Opinions expressed here are my own, not my employer's)

Lew Pitcher, Dec 3, 2003
7. ### EricGuest

Richard Bos <> wrote:

> "Charles L" <> wrote:
>
> > I don't know if this is a stupid quesiton or not.
> >
> > I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from a
> > previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
> > end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
> > use?

>
> If you know how long the string is supposed to be, it's simple:
> array[length]='\0' will do the trick.

Only if 'array' is big enough the hold the NULL character.

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Eric, Dec 3, 2003
8. ### those who know me have no need of my nameGuest

>I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from a
>previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
>end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
>use?

there is no string function you can use, because until there is a null byte
at the end it's not a string, merely a sequence of characters.

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those who know me have no need of my name, Dec 4, 2003
9. ### CapstarGuest

Richard Bos wrote:
> "lallous" <> wrote:
>
>
>>"Charles L" <> wrote in message
>>news:3fcdfe8e\$...
>>
>>>I don't know if this is a stupid quesiton or not.
>>>
>>>I would like to know how to convert an array of characters generated from

>>
>>a
>>
>>>previous operation to a string ie how do I append a null character at the
>>>end? I haven't been able to do it so far. Is there a string function I can
>>>use?

>>

<snip>
>
>
>>Try to determine a size out of your character array

>
>
> How?

By keeping track in the "previous operation"

Mark

Capstar, Dec 4, 2003
10. ### Richard BosGuest

Capstar <> wrote:

> Richard Bos wrote:
> > "lallous" <> wrote:
> >
> >>Try to determine a size out of your character array

> >
> > How?

>
> By keeping track in the "previous operation"

Well, quite. But that's not determining it "out of" the array.

Richard

Richard Bos, Dec 4, 2003
11. ### Andrew RobertGuest

Try using a variation of this code.

It scans the contents of the array and replaces new-line or carriage
returns with a null character.

int count;

for ( count = 0; count < strlen( genre ); count++ )
{
if ( genre[count] == '\n' || genre[count] == '\r' )
{
genre[count] = '\0';
}
}

Andrew Robert, Dec 7, 2003
12. ### Richard HeathfieldGuest

Andrew Robert wrote:

> Try using a variation of this code.
>
> It scans the contents of the array and replaces new-line or carriage
> returns with a null character.
>
>
> int count;
>
>
> for ( count = 0; count < strlen( genre ); count++ )
> {
> if ( genre[count] == '\n' || genre[count] == '\r' )
> {
> genre[count] = '\0';
> }
> }

Better:

size_t count;
size_t len = strlen(genre);
for(count = 0; count < len; count++)
{
if(genre[count] == '\n' || genre[count] == '\r')
{
genre[count = '\0';
}
}

Better still:

char *p = strpbrk(genre, "\r\n");
if(p != NULL)
{
*p = '\0';
}

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Richard Heathfield, Dec 7, 2003
13. ### Joe WrightGuest

Andrew Robert wrote:
>
> Try using a variation of this code.
>
> It scans the contents of the array and replaces new-line or carriage
> returns with a null character.
>
> int count;
>
> for ( count = 0; count < strlen( genre ); count++ )
> {
> if ( genre[count] == '\n' || genre[count] == '\r' )
> {
> genre[count] = '\0';
> }
> }

char *g = genre;
int c;
while ((c = *g++) != '\0')
if (c == '\r' || c == '\n')
*(g - 1) = '\0';
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"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
--- Albert Einstein ---

Joe Wright, Dec 7, 2003
14. ### Barry SchwarzGuest

On Sun, 7 Dec 2003 08:37:09 +0000 (UTC), Richard Heathfield
<> wrote:

>Andrew Robert wrote:
>
>> Try using a variation of this code.
>>
>> It scans the contents of the array and replaces new-line or carriage
>> returns with a null character.
>>
>>
>> int count;
>>
>>
>> for ( count = 0; count < strlen( genre ); count++ )
>> {
>> if ( genre[count] == '\n' || genre[count] == '\r' )
>> {
>> genre[count] = '\0';
>> }
>> }

>
>Better:
>
>size_t count;
>size_t len = strlen(genre);
>for(count = 0; count < len; count++)
>{
> if(genre[count] == '\n' || genre[count] == '\r')
> {
> genre[count = '\0';
> }
>}
>
>Better still:
>
>char *p = strpbrk(genre, "\r\n");
>if(p != NULL)
>{
> *p = '\0';
>}

Andrew claimed he replaced all \n and \r but his code only replaces
the first.

"Better" replaces every \n or \r in the original string.

"Better still" replaces only the first \n or \r.

If it was your intent to demonstrate both capabilities, still better
labels would have helped.

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Barry Schwarz, Dec 8, 2003
15. ### Kelsey BjarnasonGuest

On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 08:37:09 +0000, Richard Heathfield wrote:

> Andrew Robert wrote:
>
>> Try using a variation of this code.
>>
>> It scans the contents of the array and replaces new-line or carriage
>> returns with a null character.
>>
>>
>> int count;
>>
>>
>> for ( count = 0; count < strlen( genre ); count++ )
>> {
>> if ( genre[count] == '\n' || genre[count] == '\r' )
>> {
>> genre[count] = '\0';
>> }
>> }

>
> Better:
>
> size_t count;
> size_t len = strlen(genre);
> for(count = 0; count < len; count++)
> {
> if(genre[count] == '\n' || genre[count] == '\r')
> {
> genre[count = '\0';
> }
> }
>
> Better still:
>
> char *p = strpbrk(genre, "\r\n");
> if(p != NULL)
> {
> *p = '\0';
> }

Hmm. I haven't seen the original post, but the subject says "character
array to string" - so I'd expect the original data to _not_ be strings,
hence strpbrk, strlen and the like would be bad choices.

Kelsey Bjarnason, Dec 8, 2003