We are given a linked list, we need to print the linked list in reverse order.
Input : list : 5-> 15-> 20-> 25 Output : Reversed Linked list : 25-> 20-> 15-> 5 Input : list : 85-> 15-> 4-> 20 Output : Reversed Linked list : 20-> 4-> 15-> 85 Input : list : 85 Output : Reversed Linked list : 85
For printing a list in reverse order, we have already discussed Iterative and Recursive Methods to Reverse.
In this post, an interesting method is discussed, that doesn’t require recursion and does no modifications to list. The function also visits every node of linked list only once.
Trick : Idea behind printing a list in reverse order without any recursive function or loop is to use Carriage return (“r”). For this, we should have knowledge of length of list. Now, we should print n-1 blanck space and then print 1st element then “r”, futher again n-2 blank space and 2nd node then “r” and so on..
Carriage return (“r”) : It commands a printer (cursor or the display of a system console), to move the position of the cursor to the first position on the same line.
Given linked list: 6 5 4 3 2 1 Reversed Linked List: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Input and Output Illustration :
Input : 6 5 4 3 2 1
1st Iteration _ _ _ _ _ 6
2nd Iteration _ _ _ _ 5 6
3rd Iteration _ _ _ 4 5 6
4th Iteration _ _ 3 4 5 6
5th Iteration _ 2 3 4 5 6
Final Output 1 2 3 4 5 6
NOTE:Above program may not work on online compiler because they do not support anything like carriage return on their console.
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