Segmentation Fault

  1. Segmentation Fault !!!

    What does it mean?
    I often get that in GCC.
    How to overcome that ?
    plz help!
  2. jcsd
  3. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    What are you trying to compile?
  4. Just a simple program to open and read a file.
    Declared 2 char pointers in the beginning.
    When i changed 1 of them to char array i cud bypass that Error.
  5. dduardo

    dduardo 1,895
    Staff Emeritus

    Your modifying memory that you shouldn't.

    Sometimes this is called a Bus Error
  6. Hurkyl

    Hurkyl 15,987
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    In particular, it sounds like you're forgetting to allocate memory.

    Recall that the point (haha) of a pointer is that it points to memory. So, unless you have an existing block of memory to which you can tell the pointer to point, the pointer is pointing into nothingness, and a segmentation fault occurs.

    Some solutions are:

    Declare an array.

    Memory does get allocated for arrays, so when you declare one, enough space is allocated to hold the array. So, unless you go out of bounds, you don't have any problem.

    Use malloc (or new in C++) to allocate memory, and assign it to the pointer. Don't forget to free (or delete) it when you're done with it!
  7. This error often shows up when you call the wrong number of arguments in a function.
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