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Homework Help: Segmentation fault reading string on cin read

  1. Apr 15, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm trying to read a string from cin. When it hits the "cin >> strWord" statement, I get the following error message: Segementation fault (core dumped). The input file is named "data4nine". I'm really not sure what a segmentation fault is and why I'm getting it

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Code (Text):
        while (!cin.eof())
            cin >> strWord;
            cntVowsCons(strWord, intVowels, intConsonants);
            strFormatted = FormatWord(strWord);
            lenWords += strWord.length();
            lenFormatted += strFormatted.length();

            if(strFormatted.length() % 2 != 0)
            if(istenth(intWords, tenth))
                cout << strFormatted << endl;
                cout << strFormatted;
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  3. Apr 15, 2012 #2
    Here are my files

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  4. Apr 15, 2012 #3
    Segmentation fault is generally a memory access violation. In this case, your program will attempt to access part of a string that doesn't exist (I know where this is in your code, but it should be left as an exercise to you). You may attempt to find it by scrutinizing your code or by using a debugger.
  5. Apr 15, 2012 #4

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    Hi OSalcido! :smile:

    When an access violation (aka segmentation violation) occurs in a program, it may or may not crash with a core dump.
    And if it does crash, it's often not a the point where the access violation occurred.

    In any program an access violation always occurs in one of 2 forms.

    Either you follow a pointer that does not point anywhere.
    Since you're not using pointers, that won't be a problem.

    Or you are indexing an array outside of its bounds.
    Each of your for-loops should be defined such that you can always be sure your string is indexed inside its bounds.
    Can you check if that is the case?
  6. Apr 15, 2012 #5
    Yes! Thank you guys I did check the loops and fixed the issues. Thanks a bunch
  7. Apr 16, 2012 #6

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    Your welcome. ;)

    Btw, if you use an input of just one word and a newline, or none at all, you may get some results you don't expect.
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