Technical inquiries on C.

Technical inquiries on C.

Post by xTractatorix on Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:28 pm
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Alright so, as stated above i have some inquiries on C. Ive made a simple C program that opens a .txt file on my desktop, and i wanted to expand on the program by allowing the user to enter in what file on the desktop he/she wants to open by typing it on the screen, ive come across some problems though... Any help would be appreciated.

char filename [20] = {'\0'};
printf("What is the filename you wish to open?");
FILE *file = fopen("C:\\Users\\Ricardo\\Desktop\\%s.txt", filename ,"r");

As you can see i attempted to do this by, making a char array, storing the user inputtharray, andthen injecting the string in the fopen function.Whenever i try this though it just says to many arguments in fopen.
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Re: Technical inquiries on C.

Post by 0phidian on Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:14 pm
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Since fopen only takes 2 arguments you could try using string concatenation instead of format strings.

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#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>

int main(){
   char filename [20];
   printf("What is the filename you wish to open?");
   char path[40];
   strcat(path, filename);
   FILE *file = fopen(path, "r");
return 0;

You also might want to validate the input to prevent a buffer overflow and catch exceptions in case an invalid filename is given.
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