I was wondering if it's safe to do the following iteration to find the first occurrence of str within the array or if there is a better way. Thanks

#include <stdio.h> 
#include <string.h>

const char * list[] = {"One","Two","Three","Four","Five"};

char *c(char * str) {
    int i;
    for (i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
        if (strstr(str, list[i]) != NULL) return list[i];
    return "Not Found";
int main() {
    char str[] = "This is a simple string of hshhs wo a char";

    printf("%s", c(str));
    return 0;
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Yes it's "safe" in the sense that the above code will work and there's no easy way to break it .

A little fix-up however would be more robust:

  1. Return const char* from c() so that the caller cannot modify the resulting strings. All those strings are constant.
  2. Instead of the magic number 5, which would become invalid if the array changed, use sizeof(list)/sizeof(list[0]) to compute the number of elements in the list.
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