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Hey Kodlogs,

I hope all of you are doing good. Well, I am struggling with a problem, regarding C++ programming. I am trying to write codes that should delete the last node in the linked list. For example, if I give an input of

1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> NULL

The output should be

1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> NULL

Perhaps, I miscalculated the algorithm. So, the question is simple. How can I delete the last node in the linked list? Please, solve my problem with the legit algorithm.

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Well, to delete the last node of a linked list, we have to find the second last node and make the next pointer of that node null. The algorithm behind it is:

# Create a Data/Node list

# If the program finds the first node null or there is only one node, then return null

# Create extra space and let in go the linked list until the second last node.

# Delete the last node.

Let’s write the program now.

#include <iostream> 
using namespace std;   
struct Node { 
    int data; 
    struct Node* next; 

Node* lastNodeRemove(struct Node* head){ 
    if (head == NULL) 
        return NULL; 
    if (head->next == NULL) { 
        delete head; 
        return NULL; 
    Node* second_last = head; 
    while (second_last->next->next != NULL) 
        second_last = second_last->next;   
    delete (second_last->next);   
    second_last->next = NULL; 
    return head; 
void push(struct Node** head_ref, int new_data){ 
    struct Node* new_node = new Node; 
    new_node->data = new_data; 
    new_node->next = (*head_ref); 
    (*head_ref) = new_node; 
int main(){
    push(&head, 5); 
    push(&head, 4); 
    push(&head, 3); 
    push(&head, 2); 
    push(&head, 1); 
    head = lastNodeRemove(head); 
    for (Node* temp = head; temp != NULL; temp = temp->next) 
        cout << temp->data << " "; 
    return 0; 

This above program should print what you are looking for. Thanks.

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