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What can cause Segmentation fault inside fclose@@GLIBC_2.1 () from /lib/tls/libc.so.6?

Posted on 2004-08-16
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05

I'm running a program in Linux. This program reads a file, execute some commands based on the content of the file. After completing all the commands, the program closes the file. The program crahses (Segmentation Fault) when it closes the file. I used gdb stack trace (bt) to track where the Segmentation fault occurred and found that it occurs inside the function fclose@@GLIBC_2.1 () from /lib/tls/libc.so.6.

Here is the section of code that  closes the file:

      if (m_fptr)

Here is the logs:
Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0xb7386333 in fclose@@GLIBC_2.1 () from /lib/tls/libc.so.6

If you've any idea why the program crashes inside fclose@@GLIBC_2.1 () from /lib/tls/libc.so.6, please help.
Any suggestion would be appreciated.



Question by:rfr1tz
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Accepted Solution

jlevie earned 600 total points
ID: 11814196
My guess would be that m_fptr has been trashed after the last prior use and befor the if() statement.

Expert Comment

ID: 11815714
We cannot deduce the error from these 4 lines. It is very likely that your program has caused undefined behaviour somewhere prior. Can you post the code?
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Assisted Solution

brettmjohnson earned 400 total points
ID: 11815729
There are 4 common programming errors that would result in this:

1) m_fptr was not initialized to NULL, and some code path gets
to the call to fclose() without ever giving m_fptr a value.

2) the file has already been closed, but m_fptr was not reset to NULL.

3) you managed to overwrite the m_fptr variable, trashing the FILE pointer.

4) you managed to trash the FILE structure pointed to by m_fptr.


Author Comment

ID: 11817549
Hi all,

Thanks  so much for your help.
Exactly as jlevie and brettmjohnson pointed out: the file has been closed/trahsed but m_fptr was not set to NULL.
I got it right now.

Thanks again,


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