cgy95 cgy95 - 1 year ago 104
C Question

C: comparing two strings from a struct

I am almost brand new to C and was wondering how to compare strings from two separate struct member-variables. Maybe providing my code will bring clarity to what I am asking.

I have the following structure:

typedef struct mentry {
char *surname;
int house_number;
char *postcode;
char *full_address;
} MEntry;

I want to compare two seperate MEntry variables. I want to check if the surname of both entries is the same. So, I've written the following method:

int me_compare(MEntry *me1, MEntry *me2)

int surnameResult;

char me1Surname = *(me1->surname);
char me2Surname = *(me2->surname);

surnameResult = strcmp(me1Surname, me2Surname);
return surnameResult;

When I compile my program I get the following messages:

mentry.c:30:6: warning: passing argument 1 of ‘strcmp’ makes pointer from integer without a cast [enabled by default]
surnameResult = strcmp(me1Surname, me2Surname);

Am I wrong in thinking that the line:

char me1Surname = *(me1->surname);

sets me1Surname equal to the value of surname and not the address of surname?

I also get another warning saying:

"In file included from mentry.c:2:0:
/usr/include/string.h:140:12:note: expected ‘const char *’ but argument is of type ‘char’
extern int strcmp (const char *__s1, const char *__s2)"

Can someone explain why this warning appears?

Answer Source

You are trying too hard:

Try the obvious way:

int me_compare(const MEntry *me1, const MEntry *me2) 
  return strcmp(me1->surname, me2->surname);
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