problems with char * return from a function

Andrew Haley
Mon Jun 16 12:44:00 GMT 2008

Eus wrote:
> Hi Ho!
> --- On Thu, 6/12/08, Vardhan, Sundara (GE Infra, Energy) <> wrote:
>> Hi All
>> I am calling a function x within strcpy as follows
>> strcpy(a,x("sample text","default text"));
>> x is defined as follows
>> char * x(char *m, char *n)
>> {
>>     char *return_val=NULL;
>>     if (check m is in database)
>>         return_val=m;
>>     else
>>         return_val=n;
>>     return(return_val);
>> }
>>  This causes  the array a to have a corrupted string. The string is either m or n but with illegal characters appended.
>> So I tried the following
>> char *temp=NULL
>> temp=x("sample text","default text");
>> strcpy(a,temp);
>> When I printed temp, it looked file, but when I printed a it was garbled. I had initialized as a[0]='\0';
>> The same program works fine in Sun and IBM. Is there anything in GCC that I need to use as flag to have this not occur?
>> Any help or pointers will be greatly appreciated.
> It looks like that you have not zeroed your `a'.
> `a[0]='\0';' is not enough.
> Either you do `char a[BUFFER_SIZE] = {0};' when defining `a' or, better, you do `memset(a, 0, BUFFER_SIZE);'

That's a wrong answer: strcpy() copies the zero terminator as well.

The problem is probably with the declaration of a.

To Sundara: we need a *complete* program that shows this problem


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