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Why there are not error when use Turbor c++ 3.0 to compile and run a c file and error with vc and gcc?

Posted on 2004-10-29
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Last Modified: 2010-04-15
There is a C file as following:
// C file
#include <stdio.h>
int main()
    int i, *p, **pp;
    i = 9;
    p = &i;
    *pp = p;

Using Turbor c++ 3.0 to compile the file, get a output 9.
Using vc under windows xp or gcc under linux, there is a running error.

Question by:bourbaki
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ID: 12444459
       p = &i;
    *pp = p;           <<-- i think this line should be pp = &p;
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Expert Comment

by:Kent Olsen
ID: 12444471

Luck of the draw, mostly.

The line "*pp = p;" is in error.  The TurboC compiled program is storing the value at a non-critical location so no abort occurs.  The code generated by the vc and gcc compilers result in the data being written to protected memory which is causing the error.

You haven't assigne a value to *pp* yet, so you cannot dereference it.  I suspect that what you want to do is

  pp = &p;

Good Luck,

Author Comment

ID: 12450735
hi Kdo

i don't know what the mean is "non-critical"? Can you explanation?

btw: My programme is written for test so it is exactly
*pp = p;

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Accepted Solution

Kent Olsen earned 150 total points
ID: 12457248

If you write to a seemingly random address in memory, one of three things will happen.

*) You'll overwrite "critical" memory, in which case your program will hang, segfault, the PC will lock up, etc.

*) You'll overwrite you own data (perhaps the wrong location in an array) which causes your program to give strange answers.

*)  You'll overwrite a cell that isn't being used so nothing bad will happen.  However, changing something else in your program changes the program size so this "random write" can suddenly become critical.


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