Thread: segfault on realloc

  1. #1
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    segfault on realloc

    Hi everyone,

    i hope someone could run over my code to see what im doing wrong...

    this is not the total code but enough to see the problem.. i hope..

    i have a function which reads from a socket and and dynamicly manages memory for a buffer. This buffer is first allocated in the main method. the problem is that i get a segfault sometimes in the realloc function in the main method just after "before realloc in entry ... " and sometimes in the strcat function To my knowledge is this buffer always big enough to contain the string
    hope someone can help me...

    my code looks like this..

    # define BUFFER  1024
    static xmlString = NULL;
    static _2k =2
    /* if pointer points to other than null than this service has been called before so reset and reuse it */ 
    _2k = 2; 
    if (xmlString != NULL ){ 
     deb_log(0, "%s", "before: realloc in entry"); 
     ptr = (void * )realloc(xmlString, (_2k * RS_BUFFER)); 
     if ( ptr == NULL ){ 
     realloc(xmlString, 0 ); 
     return MALLOC_ERROR + MV + "Error while allocating memory"; 
    xmlString = ptr; 
    deb_log(0, "%s", "after: realloc in entry"); 
    memset(xmlString, 0, (_2k * RS_BUFFER)); 
    deb_log(0, "%s", "after: memset"); 
    receiveHttpMsg(&xmlString, fd );
    int receiveHttpMsg(char ** buf, int fd){ 
    int  totalBytesRcvd; 
    void * tmp; 
    char * readBuffer = (char * ) calloc(1, BUFFER); 
    int bytesRcvd = 1; /* Bytes read in single recv() */ 
    /* Receive response from the server */ 
    printf("Received: "); 
    while (bytesRcvd > 0) { 
     /* Receive up to the buffer size (minus 1 to leave space for 
     a null terminator) did this in loop because otherwise the whole message could not be read 
      if ((bytesRcvd = recv(fd, readBuffer, (BUFFER -1) , 0)) > 0){ 
      totalBytesRcvd += bytesRcvd; /* total bytes read in loop*/ 
      readBuffer[bytesRcvd] = '\0'; 
      printf(" [%d][%d][%d]\n", strlen(*buf), strlen(readBuffer), _2k * RS_BUFFER); 
        if ( (strlen(*buf) +strlen(readBuffer) -1) > _2k * RS_BUFFER){ 
         tmp = (void * )realloc(*buf, (_2k * RS_BUFFER)); 
        if ( tmp == NULL ){ 
         printf("error while reallocating .. \n"); 
         realloc(*buf, 0 ); 
         return -1; 
       *buf = tmp; 
       (*buf)[totalBytesRcvd]= '\0'; 
       printf(" buffer enlarged [%d]\n", strlen(*buf)); 
       deb_log(0, "%s", "tocopy"); 
       strcat(*buf, readBuffer); 
       deb_log(0, "%s", "copy--done"); 
    /* memset(readBuffer, 0 , BUFFER); */ 
    /* host closed connection so we cleanup socket */ 
    printf("close connection \n"); 
    } /* end else */
    }  /* end while */

  2. #2
    ATH0 quzah's Avatar
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    static xmlString = NULL;
    static _2k =2
    How about you actually provide a type for your variables?

    Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.

  3. #3
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    could someone give me a real answer please ?

    of course i declared..

    static char * xmlString = NULL;
    static int _2k = 2;
    Last edited by ziel; 03-16-2003 at 05:06 AM.

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    Registered User The Dog's Avatar
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    If you want a "real" answer, then post some "real" code please.

  5. #5
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    Groningen (NL)
    Hope this answer is real enough.

    The function realloc() deallocates the old pointer. This means that after realloc() xmlString == NULL. So you can not reallocate it. If you want to be sure it is NULL, then add a check. If it is not NULL, then use free() to free the still allocated memory.

  6. #6
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    What is this:
    >>return MALLOC_ERROR + MV + "Error while allocating memory";

    When all else fails, read the instructions.
    If you're posting code, use code tags: [code] /* insert code here */ [/code]

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