using hash_map and string's c_str. i can't use string literals to insert ... please help!!!


The basic problem I'm having is that I need to store hashes as
hashtable[someitem->toString().c_str()] = value;

where the result of .c_str() is lets say, "mykey"
but i need to access them elsewhere using something like


Right now, it doesn't seem to work, because my hash table (i think) stores the address of c_str() instead of a literal (which I want). Anyway to convert string to a string literal :P?

Another example of a problem is like if I have
string s("number"+var);
hashtable[s] = value;

where var = "123"

later i have to get that value out of the hashtable as
hashtable.find("number123") or
string y("number"+var);


It ... doesn't .. work :(!!!!


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avizitConnect With a Mentor Commented:
try strdup()


duplicate string

#include <string.h>

char *strdup(const char *s1);

The strdup() function allocates memory and copies into it the string addressed by s1, including the terminating null character. It is the user's responsibility to free the allocated storage by calling free().


basically you can duplicate the string returned by C_str() , strdup will duplicate the string and give you an copy of the string which is NOt temporary.

Your problem might be due to the use of C_str()

ref : from

Don't store the result of AnsiString::c_str()

Examine the following code segment.

    AnsiString strText = "Howdy Mr. Ditka.";
    char *ptr = strText.c_str();
    strText = "Goodbye Mr. Ditka";
    Label1->Caption = ptr;

This code contains a serious defect. If you execute this code, you will see that the label displays the first string that was assigned to strText. This may surprise you. Why doesn't the label contain the string that says "Goodbye Mr. Ditka"? After all, doesn't ptr point to the string that is contained in the strText variable?

Whenever you assign a new string to an AnsiString variable, the AnsiString deallocates whatever memory it previously owned and allocates new memory for the new string. When the new memory is allocated, it is unlikely to be the same memory that was originally returned by the c_str function.

altrernatively paste your code here ( if it isn't too long , and we can have a look )

Hi there,

Are you really using a hashmap/hashtable?  Then it should only accept int as argument, not char*.  OK, you can cast char* to int, but that's pointer arithmetic, not what you want, since everytime you do this, you get a different pointer

you should have a function that computes a hash code from your string:

int hash(std::string s)

Then you can use hashtable[hash(s)] and hashtable.find(hash(s)).

I found a hash function in some manual defined as follows:

static const std::collate<char>& collate_ = std::use_facet<std::collate<char> >(std::locale::classic());
return collate_.hash(s.c_str(), s.c_str()+s.size());

don't know what it does, but it works :-)

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By the way, to do string concatenation, you probably need
otherwise it shouldn't even compile.
edwardtAuthor Commented:
avizit - that was a good article. any help in terms of how I can convert a string into a string literal, so that I won't have the temporaryvariable problem?

My hash is declared as

hash_map<const char*, int, hash<const char*>, eqstr > test;

so there's a function that works like...

foo::update(const char* str, int i){
test[str] = i;

and "was" called using

update(someobj1->toString().c_str(), 3);
update(someobj1->toString().c_str(), 6);

So basically, I have objects which can be represented as strings that i need to pass in. I'd prefer to convert strings into string literals if possible ;P




edwardtAuthor Commented:

This looks good. I basically (yesterady) just made char * variables in my function and returned them to store chars. But in this case, I can probalby use this for future use.


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