I need to know how to remove spaces from a string using pointers in C++. Since I'm in senior year in school I'n not used to quite complex programming. I tried doing this program but I think I'm totally hopelessly terrible wth pointers (I was out sick, the day my teacher did pointers) Can anyone help?


void rem_spc(char *);

void main()
   char str[20];
   cout<<"\nEnter String :";

void rem_spc(char *t)
  char *str1[30];
  int i=0;
  int j=0;
    if(*t!=" ") // It gives an error here " cannot convert char to char* "
      *str1[i] = *t;

The pseudocode:

def removeSpaces (str):
    src = pointer to str
    dst = src
    while not end-of-string marker at src:
        if character at src is not space:
            set character at dst to be character at src
            increment dst
        increment src
    place end-of-string marker at dst

Below is the function to remove the spaces from char* :

static void removeSpaces (char *str) {
    // Set up two pointers.

    char *src = str;
    char *dst = src;

    // Process all characters to end of string.

    while (*src != '\0') {
        // If it's not a space, transfer and increment destination.

        if (*src != ' ')
            *dst++ = *src;

        // Increment source no matter what.


    // Terminate the new string.

    *dst = '\0';

Main Program :

// Test program.

int main (void)
    char str[] = "This is a long    string with    lots of spaces...   ";
    printf ("Old string is [%s]\n", str);
    removeSpaces (str);
    printf ("New string is [%s]\n", str);
    return 0;

Running this gives you:

Old string is [This is a long    string with    lots of spaces...   ]
New string is [Thisisalongstringwithlotsofspaces...]

The poster said "no pointers"... :-) Here is a function to do that without pointers at all.

// Recursive function to remove spaces from string
void removeSpc(char array[], size_t posn)
    for (size_t i = posn; array[i] != '\0'; i++)
        if (array[i] == ' ')
            // Move data up one character
            size_t j;
            for (j = i+1; array[j] != '\0'; j++)
                array[j-1] = array[j];
            array[j-1] = '\0';      // Move the terminator up one position.
            removeSpc(array, i);    // Make recursive call from current position.

Edited 3 Years Ago by rubberman

@ rubberman

I need to know how to remove spaces from a string using pointers in C++

Edited 3 Years Ago by NathanOliver

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