David Peterson Harvey David Peterson Harvey - 1 month ago 25x
C Question

C Student Assignment, ‘%f’ expects argument of type ‘float *’, but argument 2 has type ‘double *’

I'm working on an assignment and I'm getting this warning:

C4_4_44.c:173:2: warning: format ‘%f’ expects argument of type ‘float *’,
but argument 2 has type ‘double *’ [-Wformat]

The variabled is declared in main as:

double carpetCost;

I'm calling the function as:

getData(&length, &width, &discount, &carpetCost);

And here's the function:

void getData(int *length, int *width, int *discount, double *carpetCost)


// get length and width of room, discount % and carpetCost as input

printf("Length of room (feet)? ");

scanf("%d", length);

printf("Width of room (feet)? ");

scanf("%d", width);

printf("Customer discount (percent)? ");

scanf("%d", discount);

printf("Cost per square foot (xxx.xx)? ");

scanf("%f", carpetCost);


} // end getData

This is driving me crazy because the book says that you don't use the & in

scanf("%f", carpetCost);

when accessing it from a function where you passed it be reference.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong here?



scanf("%f", carpetCost);


scanf("%lf", carpetCost);

%f conversion specification is used for a float * argument, you need %lf for double * argument.