# Homework Help: TokenCounter of a string displaying not desirable results

1. Oct 12, 2015

### TheMathNoob

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
I am currently coding a program which reads a file and makes a graph based on the arrangement of the data in the file. The first line of the file stands for the number of vertices and the rest of the lines stand for the edges
something like this:
3
1 2
2 3
3 4
In the first line when I add a second number such as 4, so the first line looks like 3 4, my parseN function is supposed to display an error saying the first line is wrong hence there should be just one number. To achieve this, I use a counterToken function which counts the number of tokens in the first line. When I add this second number, the program works fine displaying the error, but then when I delete this second number and leave the text cursor 2 spaces away from the string in this case "3", my counterToken function begins to count 2 tokens all the time in the first line.
2. Relevant equations
Code (Text):
int ParseN(char line[])
{
int verticesN;
int NumberOfTokens=CountTokens(line);
if(NumberOfTokens!=1)
{
fflush(stdout);
exit(0);
}

char* pt=strtok(line," -");
verticesN=atoi(pt);
return verticesN;
}

int CountTokens(char line[])
{
char clone[sizeof(line)];
strcpy(clone,line);

const char s[2] = " -";
char *token;
int number=0;
token = strtok(clone,s);
while( token != NULL )
{
number++;
token = strtok(NULL,s);

}
free(token);

return number;
}

3. The attempt at a solution

Last edited by a moderator: Oct 13, 2015
2. Oct 13, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

I think you're saying that if the first line contains a number with trailing spaces, your routine returns a count of two or more numbers?

3. Oct 13, 2015

Yes