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how to compare argv[] with a char

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

if (argv[1] == "--help") {
   cout << "testing...";
}
}
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Question by:svennykro
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by:svennykro
ID: 6456573
How can I get this to work???
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by:romanm
ID: 6456576
try:
int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {

  if( strcmp(argv[1] ,"--help") == 0 ) {
    cout << "testing...";
  }
}
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by:svennykro
ID: 6456613
I get an error:

Thread stopped

Fault: access violation at 0x40118d: read of address 0x0

I use win2k and borland 5.02
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by:svennykro
ID: 6456616
But when I write test.exe --help it works..
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by:svennykro
ID: 6456618
But when I write test.exe --help it works..
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by:sudhirs
ID: 6456621
You are comparing the pointer value not the value refered by pointer

You can use strcpy:

int main(argc, char *argv[])
{
 if( strcmp(argv[0] ,"--help") == 0 )
 {
   cout << "help";
 }
}
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by:svennykro
ID: 6456629
I know that, but when I start the test program (test.exe) with test.exe --help it works, but my problem now is that when I just start it with test.exe there is an error:

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Fault: access violation at 0x40118d: read of address 0x0
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by:svennykro
ID: 6456636
romanm allready proposed that solution..
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romanm earned 150 total points
ID: 6456652
ok.
before you do the strcmp( argv[1]...
check if argc > 1
if not the argv[1] is an invalid address and will cause a crash...
ex:

if( argc > 1 ){
  if ( strcmp(argv[1],"--help") == 0 ){
    cout << "...";
  }
}
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by:sudhirs
ID: 6456657
if you are only running test.exe the argument passed is NULL, strcmp fails and you get error specified below.

Thread stoped
Fault: access violation at 0x40118d: read of address 0x0

make a check on argv[1] for NULL,  if it is not null then only proceed.

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by:svennykro
ID: 6456714
romanm was the first man to solution!

He gets the points!

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