K & R C Programs Exercise 5-7.

K and R C, Solution to Exercise 5-7:
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C Program to rewrite the readline function to store lines in the arraysupplied by main, rather than calling alloc to maintain storage. How much faster is the program?
The readlile function is slightly faster than the original version in the book K and R C Program page 109.Read more about C Programming Language .

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

#define TRUE 1
#define FALSE 0

#define MAXLINES 5000 /* maximum number of lines */
#define MAXLEN 1000 /* maximum length of a line */
char *lineptr[MAXLINES];
char lines[MAXLINES][MAXLEN];

int getline(char s[], int lim)
int c, i;

for (i = 0; i < lim - 1 && (c = getchar()) != EOF && c != 'n'; i++)
s[i] = c;
if (c == 'n') {
s[i++] = c;
s[i] = '';
return i;

int readlines(char *lineptr[], int maxlines)
int len, nlines;
char *p, line[MAXLEN];

nlines = 0;
while ((len = getline(line, MAXLEN)) > 0)
if (nlines >= maxlines || (p = malloc(len)) == NULL)
return -1;
else {
line[len - 1] = ''; /* delete the newline */
strcpy(p, line);
lineptr[nlines++] = p;
return nlines;

int readlines2(char lines[][MAXLEN], int maxlines)
int len, nlines;

nlines = 0;
while ((len = getline(lines[nlines], MAXLEN)) > 0)
if (nlines >= maxlines)
return -1;
lines[nlines++][len - 1] = '';
return nlines;

int main(int argc, char *argv[])

readlines2(lines, MAXLINES);

if (argc > 1 && *argv[1] == '2') {
readlines2(lines, MAXLINES);
} else {
readlines(lineptr, MAXLINES);

return 0;

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