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So I have an assignment where I have to read in a file that contains 6 blobs of X's, and delete them one blob at a time using a recursion. The blobs of X's don't touch, so once it hits an X, it deletes that blob of X's, adds 1 to blobcount, then continues on, until it has deleted every blob and returns the count of 6.

```
#include <iostream>
#include <iomanip>
#include <fstream>
using namespace std;
//constants
const int MAXROW = 22;
const int MAXCOL = 72;
const int MAXLINESIZE=80;
//function prototypes
void cleararray(char ba[][MAXCOL]);
void recursion(char dimensions[][MAXCOL], int row, int col);
int main()
{
int blobcount=0;
char dimensions [MAXROW][MAXCOL];
char inputline[MAXLINESIZE];
cleararray(dimensions);
ifstream myfile;
myfile.open("blob.txt");
cout << " 1 2 3 4 5 6 7" << endl; //header for basic output of the input file
cout << "1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890" << endl;
for(int row=1; row<MAXROW-1;row++){ //for loop runs through every row, retrieving each line from the .txt
myfile.getline(inputline, MAXLINESIZE);
cout << inputline << endl; //basic output of the input file
for(int col=1; col < MAXCOL-1; col++){
dimensions[row][col]=inputline[col-1];
}
myfile.close();
}
if(dimensions[row][col]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row, col);
blobcount++;
}
cout << blobcount << endl;
myfile.close();
system("pause");
return 0;
}
void cleararray(char ba[][MAXCOL])
{
for(int row=0; row<MAXROW;row++)
for(int col=0; col<MAXCOL; col++)
ba[row][col]=' ';
}
void recursion(char dimensions[][MAXCOL], int row, int col)
{
int blobcount=0;
if(dimensions[row][col]=='X'){
if(dimensions[row-1][col+1]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row-1,col+1);
}
if(dimensions[row][col+1]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row, col+1);
}
if(dimensions[row+1][col+1]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row+1, col+1);
}
if(dimensions[row+1][col]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row+1, col);
}
if(dimensions[row+1][col-1]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row+1, col-1);
}
if(dimensions[row][col-1]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row, col-1);
}
if(dimensions[row-1][col-1]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row-1, col-1);
}
if(dimensions[row-1][col]=='X'){
recursion(dimensions, row-1, col);
}
dimensions[row][col]=' ';
}
}
```

How can I make the arrays one big entity so that I can search it as a whole? Also, if there are any errors in the recursion, please give me a heads up. Thanks.