# Exercise 2.4 - Compare S1, S2 To Delete Same Character in S1¶

## Question¶

Write an alternative version of squeeze(s1,s2) that deletes each character in s1 that matches any character in the string s2.

```/* Let us write a Version of squeeze(s1,s2) that deletes each character in the string 1 that matches any character in
the string s2 */

#include<stdio.h>
#define MAXLINE 1000

int mgetline(char line[],int maxline);
void squeeze(char s1[],char s2[]);

int main(void)
{
char s1[MAXLINE],s2[MAXLINE];

putchar('s');
putchar('1');
mgetline(s1,MAXLINE);

putchar('s');
putchar('2');
mgetline(s2,MAXLINE);

squeeze(s1,s2);

printf("%s",s1);

return 0;
}

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

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

if(c == '\n')
s[i++] = c;

s[i] = '\0';
}

void squeeze(char s1[],char s2[])
{
int i,j,k;
k=0;

for(i=0;s1[i]!='\0';++i)
{
for(j=0; (s1[i]!=s2[j]) && s2[j]!='\0' ;++j)
;
if(s2[j]=='\0')
s1[k++] = s1[i];
}

s1[k]='\0';
}

```

## Explanation¶

Let’s take the two inputs strings as:

s1: HelloWorld

s2: ol

Our desired output is:

```HeWrd
```

This has removed the characters o and l from the first string. The way squeeze works is, it take each character from the first string and if there is no match found, stores it with a new index k. If there is a match found in s2, it simply skips it. The way it skips is realized by the following:

```for(j=0; (s1[i]!=s2[j]) && s2[j]!='\0' ;++j)
;
if(s2[j]=='\0')
s1[k++] = s1[i];
```

When the match is found s1[i] == s2[j] so our first for loop will end. The second if condtion will fail too as s2 is not iterated till the end, so we do not place the character in s1[k++] and we have successfully skipped it.