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troubleshooting Question

C Pointers and String constants

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Very basic question as I probably forgot how this works. I was testing rudimentary strcat function from K&R and I found different behavior while giving input in different manner -

#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

void strCat(char *s, char *t) {
    while((*s++ = *t++))

int main() {
    char p[] = "Hello ";
1->    char *s = "Hello ";                 //DO NOT WORK
2->    //s = p;                                   //WORKS
3->    //char s[] = "Hello ";              //WORKS
    char *t = "world!";

    cout << s << endl;
    return 0;

When I try to send string s as given on line by "1->", I get runtime exception. Otherwise if i try as per given on lines "2->" or"3->", it works!!!

Can anybody tell me why "1->" doesn't work??
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