The following program was made according to the book 'Head First C'. It is supposed to be able to find and return music tracks containing a search-word, but it returns nothing. Oh, and I tried to make a 'code' space - indented it by four, but forgive me if it doesn't work.

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

char tracks[][80] = {
      "I left my heart in Harvard Med School",
      "Newark, Newark - a wonderful town",
      "Dancing with a Dork",
      "From here to maternity",
      "The girl from Iwo Jima",

void find_track(char search_for[])

   int i;

    for (i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
        if (strstr(tracks[i], search_for)) 
            printf("Match found.Track %i : '%s'\n", i, tracks[i])        

int main()
    char search_for[80];
    printf("Search for : ");
    fgets(search_for, 80, stdin); 
    return 0;
  • It is not a bad question per se, but it doesn't contain anything to do with Ubuntu - stackoverflow.com would probably be a more suitable location.
    – chronitis
    Oct 24 '13 at 8:10
  • I posted it here since I saw similar questions before, sorry about that.
    – drakinosh
    Oct 24 '13 at 9:34
  • So go head and close the thread.
    – drakinosh
    Oct 24 '13 at 9:43
  • I thought development questions were not considered off-topic?
    – chaskes
    Oct 24 '13 at 14:06
  • 2
    Since when are dev question off-topic for Ask Ubuntu, its OPs choice if he wants to post them here or in SO, if he is using Ubuntu then its fine to post here. What a hell is wrong with you people? Oct 24 '13 at 14:52

You have 2 typos that will keep this code from compiling:

  1. an extra comma after Jima in the array;
  2. a missing semicolon at the end of the printf statement

If you did some printf debugging, you would see that strstr is returning NULL everytime, so a match is never found.

printf("%s", strstr( tracks[i], search_for ) );

Why is this? The input from stdin is not being terminated properly. You need to press ctrl+d (= EOF) after typing your search word.

In fact, you need to press it twice in order to end input and flush the buffer; then it runs as intended. Try it out. Example (it's case sensitive):

Iwo ctrl+dctrl+d

  • Thanks! It finally worked. But the extra comma was as given in the book, twice. And I have the semicolon in the original code. But after pressing ctrl+d twice, it works.
    – drakinosh
    Oct 24 '13 at 9:25
  • @user206919 The question has been re-opened. Please accept the answer if it solved your problem. :)
    – chaskes
    Oct 24 '13 at 15:17
  • 1
    Btw, if it compiled with the extra comma, use gcc -Wall to turn on (most) compiler warnings next time. Letting things like that through will cause bugs that are next to impossible to catch later.
    – chaskes
    Oct 24 '13 at 15:20
  • Finally found the 'accept' button, the tick mark, but how can I mark this thread as solved? Searches tell me to find a small triangle, which I can't seem to.
    – drakinosh
    Oct 25 '13 at 13:17
  • @user206919 Afaik, all you need to do is accept. Solved is for the forums. Thanks.
    – chaskes
    Oct 25 '13 at 14:32

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