STRCMP(3P)                POSIX Programmer's Manual               STRCMP(3P)

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NAME         top

       strcmp — compare two strings

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <string.h>

       int strcmp(const char *s1, const char *s2);

DESCRIPTION         top

       The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with
       the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described
       here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of
       POSIX.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

       The strcmp() function shall compare the string pointed to by s1 to
       the string pointed to by s2.

       The sign of a non-zero return value shall be determined by the sign
       of the difference between the values of the first pair of bytes (both
       interpreted as type unsigned char) that differ in the strings being

RETURN VALUE         top

       Upon completion, strcmp() shall return an integer greater than, equal
       to, or less than 0, if the string pointed to by s1 is greater than,
       equal to, or less than the string pointed to by s2, respectively.

ERRORS         top

       No errors are defined.

       The following sections are informative.

EXAMPLES         top

   Checking a Password Entry
       The following example compares the information read from standard
       input to the value of the name of the user entry. If the strcmp()
       function returns 0 (indicating a match), a further check will be made
       to see if the user entered the proper old password. The crypt()
       function shall encrypt the old password entered by the user, using
       the value of the encrypted password in the passwd structure as the
       salt. If this value matches the value of the encrypted passwd in the
       structure, the entered password oldpasswd is the correct user's
       password. Finally, the program encrypts the new password so that it
       can store the information in the passwd structure.

           #include <string.h>
           #include <unistd.h>
           #include <stdio.h>
           int valid_change;
           struct passwd *p;
           char user[100];
           char oldpasswd[100];
           char newpasswd[100];
           char savepasswd[100];
           if (strcmp(p->pw_name, user) == 0) {
               if (strcmp(p->pw_passwd, crypt(oldpasswd, p->pw_passwd)) == 0) {
                   strcpy(savepasswd, crypt(newpasswd, user));
                   p->pw_passwd = savepasswd;
                   valid_change = 1;
               else {
                   fprintf(stderr, "Old password is not valid\n");



RATIONALE         top




SEE ALSO         top


       The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, string.h(0p)

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       Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form
       from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information
       Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open
       Group Base Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the
       Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open
       Group.  (This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1
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