The accepted convention of passing C-strings to functions is to use a pointer:
void function(char* name)
When the function modifies the string you should also pass in the length:
void function(char* name, size_t name_length)
Your first example:
char *functionname(char *string name)
passes an array of pointers to strings which is not what you need at all.
Your second example:
char functionname(char string)
passes an array of chars. The size of the array here doesn't matter and the parameter will decay to a pointer anyway, so this is equivalent to:
char functionname(char *string)
See also this question for more details on array arguments in C.
~ Answered on 2013-06-16 09:44:01