C function to Swap strings
Let us consider the below program.
Output of the program is str1 is geeks, str2 is forgeeks. So the above swap() function doesn’t swap strings. The function just changes local pointer variables and the changes are not reflected outside the function.
Let us see the correct ways for swapping strings:
Method 1(Swap Pointers)
If you are using character pointer for strings (not arrays) then change str1 and str2 to point each other’s data. i.e., swap pointers. In a function, if we want to change a pointer (and obviously we want changes to be reflected outside the function) then we need to pass a pointer to the pointer.
This method cannot be applied if strings are stored using character arrays.
Method 2(Swap Data)
If you are using character arrays to store strings then preferred way is to swap the data of both arrays.
This method cannot be applied for strings stored in read-only block of memory.
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