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I have written a program in TurboC 3.0.I am facing a serious problem.One of the variables automatically changes
during the execution of the program,which is not desirable.Can anybody tell me the solution?
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Question by:SHAHZAD
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by:imladris
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Such an occurrence is almost always (99.9% of the time) caused by a logic problem in your code. To persue it here you should pinpoint exactly where/when the variable changes unexpectedly (which might by itself clarify the problem) and then post the code with an explanation.

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by:duneram
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it could also be a problem of limits:
here is an example:

char buf[3]={{0}};;
short x = 0;
char buf2[20] = {{0}};
strcpy(buf,"Hello World");

at this point buf has been overwritten.  'x' will more than likely (depends on the compiler) contain the 'l' from Hello instead of being 0.  buf2 will have the rest of the string.

post the code
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elfie earned 60 total points
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If you can debug your program, use a debugger to pinpoint the line of code which has the 'side effect'.

If you don't have a debugger, use the simple way of inserting printf lines in your code, and by a number of recompile/reruns
and always narrowing the piece of code between the printf your can also find the 'side-effect' line. (printf the variable that changing).

Then examing the variable modified in this piece of code, and look for things like 'dunaram' explained.
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by:SHAHZAD
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Thanks for your answer elfie.
I have pinpointed the instant when the variable changes using
the debugger.Now tell me how to stop that variable from changing.
That variable actually occurs in a loop.
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