I badly need to submit this program within an hour from now so any help out there who could help debug my code, i would really appreciate it. there's something wrong with my qsort() syntax but i can't figure out what . spent 5 hours trying every possible ways for it but got no luck.

Here's the code:

#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>
#include <cstdio>
#include <string>
#include <cstdlib>
#include <math.h>
#include <iomanip>

#define DESIRED_HEIGHT 180 //Polly's desired height in cm
#define DESIRED_WEIGHT 75 //Polly's desired weight in kg

using namespace std;

int compare_suitor();

struct suitorData{
    char firstName[30];    //maximum length of suitor's firstname
    char lastName[30]; //maximum length of suitor's lastname         
    int height;            
    int weight;            

int main(){
    int i; 
    int height=0;
    int weight=0;
    int numberOfSuitors=0;
    char firstName[30];
    char lastName[30];
    ifstream inSuitorFile("suitors.txt", ios::in);
       cerr<<"File could not be opened!";
    suitorData suitor[20]; //maximum number of suitors
          cout<<lastName<<","<<" "<<firstName <<" "<<height <<" "<<weight <<endl;
          suitor[numberOfSuitors].height = abs(height - DESIRED_HEIGHT);
        if (weight > DESIRED_WEIGHT)
            suitor[numberOfSuitors].weight = weight - DESIRED_WEIGHT;
            suitor[numberOfSuitors].weight = - weight;

        numberOfSuitors ++;
    //qsort(reinterpret_cast<char*>(suitor), numberOfSuitors,
              //sizeof(suitorData ), compare_suitor());
    qsort(suitor, numberOfSuitors, sizeof(suitorData), compare_suitor); //either of the two isn't working... what's wrong?!?

    for (i=0; i<numberOfSuitors; i++){ 
        cout<<suitor[i].lastName, suitor[i].firstName);
    return 0;

int compare_suitor(suitorData *a, suitorData *b)
    int result;            //result of comparsion 
    if (a->height < b->height) 
    if (a->height > b->height) 
    if (a->weight < b->weight) 
    if (a->weight > b->weight) 

    if ((result=strcmp(a->lastName,b->lastName)) != 0) 
       return result;


ps. you need to create a file 'suitors.txt' for it to work. (data firstnames, surnames, height and weight)


the compare function should have this signature:

int (*)(const void*, const void*)

a. declare the function with the right signature.
b. in the definition, cast the args to const suitorData*, then compare.

Edited 3 Years Ago by mike_2000_17: Fixed formatting

still doesn't work....

whenever i follow the right syntax, errors are multiplying itself...

our prof requires us to use qsort()

i tried something new and my only error now is linker error what does that mean???

[Linker error] undefined reference to `compare_suitor(void const*, void const*)'
ld returned 1 exit status

modify the function from

int compare_suitor(suitorData *a, suitorData *b)
    int result;            //result of comparsion 
    if (a->height < b->height) 
    // ...


int compare_suitor(const void*aa, const void* bb)
   const suitorData* a = static_cast<const 
suitorData*>(aa) ;
   const suitorData* b = static_cast<const 
suitorData*>(bb) ;
    int result;            //result of comparsion 
    if (a->height < b->height) 
    // ...

Edited 3 Years Ago by Dani: Formatting fixed

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