Wednesday, September 11, 2013

[Program] Shift42 - Shift Cipher Program

The following C program is my implementation of a simple shift cipher. The program demonstrated in the video was compiled using "gcc -gstabs -o Shift42 Shift42.c"

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

    -Shift42 v1.0
    -Shift Cipher Program by Jacob/Gimppy Holcomb
    -September 2013

void usage(char *prog){

   printf("\nEncoding Usage: %s <'Message'> <Positive Shift>\n"
          "Decoding Usage: %s <'Message'> <Negative Shift>\n\n", prog, prog);

int inputCheck(int argc, int num){

    if (argc < num + 1){
        return 0;
        return 1;

int main(int argc, char *argv[]){

    if (!inputCheck(argc, 2)){
    char buff[strlen(argv[1])];
    char message[sizeof(buff)];
    int cShift = atoi(argv[2]);

    strncpy(buff, argv[1], strlen(argv[1]));

    int i;
    for (i = 0; i < strlen(buff); i++){
        snprintf(message + i, strlen(buff), "%c", (buff[i] + cShift));

    if (cShift > 0){
        printf("\nYour encoded message is: %.*s\n\n", strlen(argv[1]), message);
        printf("\nYour decoded message is: %.*s\n\n", strlen(argv[1]), message);

    return 0;

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