Scanf missed line


I wrote a test program which should take in a 3x3 matrix of characters and output the entered matrix. However, I have to enter 4 lines in order for the program to produce the corresponding matrix. I have looked up problems on the scanf function, but none of the solutions I tried seemed to work...Could you help me out with this?

My code:

#include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> int main(void) { char a[3][3]; int i,j; for(i=0;i<3;++i) { for(j=0;j<3;++j) { scanf("%c",&a[i][j]); } scanf("\n"); } for(i=0;i<3;++i) { for(j=0;j<3;++j) { printf("%c",a[i][j]); } printf("\n"); } system("PAUSE"); return(0); }


scanf("%c",...) get the whitespaces and the \n. You can solve it in many ways:

If you read like a b c

for(i=0;i<3;++i) { for(j=0;j<3;++j) { scanf("%c",&a[i][j]); cin.get(); //Get the spaces after each character and the \n at the end of each line } }

or you can simple use cin (read char/string inputs with scanf is always a problem)

for(i=0;i<3;++i) { for(j=0;j<3;++j) { cin >> a[i][j]; } }

if you are reading like abc, you only have to substitute your scanf("\n") for a cin.get()


@João Menighin's answer surely works. If you want to avoid c++, this would work:

for(i=0;i<3;++i) { for(j=0;j<3;++j) { scanf(" %c",&a[i][j]); } }

Although it would ignore ALL whitespace: both abc and a b c would be interpreted to be equivalent.


try adding a white space in your scanf right after the "

scanf(" %c",&a[i][j]);

I had the same problem in a two-dimension matrix and it worked for me. I have no idea why though!!! I just spent 1 hour in front of my laptop trying different things...


Have tried your and IT WORKED. Although, I did make a few changes per comments:

#include <stdio.h> // added, but that shouldn't matter main() { char a[3][3]; int i,j; for(i=0;i<3;++i) { for(j=0;j<3;++j) { scanf("%c",&a[i][j]); } //scanf("\n"); // not necessary, see below } for(i=0;i<3;++i) { for(j=0;j<3;++j) { printf(" %c",a[i][j]); } printf("\n"); } return(0); }

Compiled and ran this code on Eclipse/Microsoft C Compiler and entered series of characters followed by enter.

abcdefghi a b c d e f g h i

The point of confusion might be that scanf pulls the data from a console buffer. Typically, (although you can work around this) that buffer is returned to your program when you press enter. Also, the format specifier of %c also accepts blanks. Thus, I tried a second run with the following input and output.

a b c d e a b c d e

You can tell the spaces were read and stored as well as the letters.

Hope this helps.


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