Memory Leak

Posted on 1998-05-20
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Oh Great Knowlegable ones,

 I need some help with my CPP program running under WIndows NT. I seem to
 be have a memory snafu with my code. I get different results in the
 release mode as well as debug mode.

 Here is a sample of my code

#ifndef _UPDVARS_H
#define _UPDVARS_H

 typedef struct tagUpdate
   .... so on and so forth

#include "readsysf.h"


 void InitializeBaseline(tagUpdate* BaseGlobal)
 void GetSysParameters(tagUpdate* pBase);

 void GetUpdateSetting(tagUpdate* SPSGlobal)
   which calls two functions

 I also have three function which are called by another cpp file

 void Get_Day_Code(char* dcode);
   tagUpdate* pUpdate;
   strcpy(spath, pUpdate->SYS_PATH)
  { do some string manipulation, set a char value and exit }

 void Get_YDY_Code(char* dcode);
   tagUpdate* pUpdate;
   strcpy(spath, pUpdate->SYS_PATH)
  { do some string manipulation, set a char value and exit }

 void Get_ODY_Code(char* dcode);
   tagUpdate* pUpdate;  
   strcpy(spath, pUpdate->SYS_PATH)
  { do some string manipulation, set a char value and exit }

   #include "updvars.h"
  + all the prototypes of the functions in the cpp file


 #include "readsysf.h"
 I call the Get_DAY_Code(), Get_YDY_Code() and Get_ODY_Code();

 I have also tried the following setup in the last three functions in


 tagUpdate* pUpdate = new (tagUpdate)
 delete (pUpdate);


 tagUpdate * pUpdate;
 pUpdate = (tagUpdate*) malloc(sizeof(tagUpdate);

 The original case works fine in release mode. But in debug mode, i get  a debug assertion failure in dbgheap.c in expression  CrtlsValidHeapPointer(pUserData) in all three cases

 In case II and Case III, the release mode gives me a "memory could not  be written " error.

 I know i am doing something wrong. Can someone please enlighten me.

Also, When I compile CHEKTIME i get a LINK2005 error. Hence  I have to turn force output on in the customize, link property.

Is there a good article on the net which explains the memory setup with setup.

Question by:rian
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Expert Comment

ID: 1164412
try using windbg.exe from the microsoft site. it will usually tell you where the leak is comming from, make sure to use a debug comiled version of your program.

And watch out for string or pointer overflows, they make errors pop up in places there are no syntaxtual or memory problems (if not for the overflow).
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nietod earned 100 total points
ID: 1164413
answer coming.
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Expert Comment

ID: 1164414
I was about to point out places where you were using pointers that were not initialized, but I'm beginning to suspect that this is a skeleton of your code, not the actual code.  If it is not a skeleton, let me know  the problem is obvious (well to me, not to you).  If it is not a skeleton, why don't you post the entire code or e-mail it to me at

One thing though.  your new and delete syntax is kinda weird

tagUpdate* pUpdate = new (tagUpdate)
delete (pUpdate);

seem like overloaded new and delete functions (placement new and placement delete?)  You should use

tagUpdate* pUpdate = new tagUpdate
delete pUpdate;


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Expert Comment

ID: 1164415
>> tagUpdate* pUpdate = new (tagUpdate)
>> delete (pUpdate);
>> seem like overloaded new and delete functions (placement new and placement delete?)

Just some superflous but harmless parentheses.
Cf. return x; vs. return (x);

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Expert Comment

ID: 1164416
I realized they were harmless, but I had to think about it for a while.  I thought it would be a good idea to get rid of them for everyone's sake.  

Author Comment

ID: 1164417
Thanks for all your patience and help

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