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I get memory access error every time I type more than 20 characters in the edit control.

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wstring to;
GetDlgItemText( hWnd, IDC_EDIT_TO, (LPSTR) to.c_str(), 150 );

Error occurs in dbgdel.cpp, line 52.

Please advise.
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Question by:jd9288
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It is *not* a good idea to use 'wstring::c_str()' for write-access to the string's buffer, better use

wchar_t awcBuffer [ 150];
wstring to;
GetDlgItemText( hWnd, IDC_EDIT_TO, awcBuffer,  150 );

to = awcBuffer;
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by:jkr
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>>It is *not* a good idea

That is an euphemism, by the way. 'wstring::c_str()' returns a 'const wchar_t*', and that's the way it is supposed to be treated like - as a 'const' buffer. Writing to it will result in unexpected behaviour, actually you are lucky that it does not crash on the 1st or 2nd char entered.
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by:jd9288
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Excellent, but I have to cast the buffer like so:

GetDlgItemText( hWnd, IDC_EDIT_TO, (LPSTR) awcBuffer, 150 );
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