Thread: global string gets corrupted

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    Question global string gets corrupted


    I am currently working on a program, that parses a shoutcast stream and gives back some information. i declared three global variables (2 char pointers (stationinfo and station) and one int (metaint)).
    all three variables give back exactly what i want in the size_t stream_process and the size_t hdrprocess, that is the stationname, songtitle and the metaint value.
    but when i try to get access to the variables in my int main the strings are corrupted and printf for example shows some weird stuff, or nothing.
    the integer is fine, it keeps its value.

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <curl/curl.h>
    #include <string.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    int metaint;
    static char *station;
    static char *stationinfo;
    /* Function to get the song title parsed */
    size_t stream_process(void *buffer, size_t size, size_t nmemb, void *userp) {
        int loop;
        char *metadata, *token;
        for (loop=0;loop<=nmemb*size;loop++){
            metadata = ((buffer)+loop);
          /* the trick with counting the bytes till bytes = metaint 
           * never really worked out....or I never really figured it out ;) 
           * so we just search for the string 'StreamTitle'
           * and then we parse the Title into our info-variable 
           * might be more cpu-intense, but it actually works! */
          if (!strncmp(metadata, "StreamTitle", 11)){
            char data[256];
            strncpy(data, metadata+12, 256);
            token = strtok(data, "'");
            stationinfo = (char *) token;
            printf("&#37;s\n", stationinfo);
      return size*nmemb;
    /* headerprocessing: */
    size_t hdrprocess( void *ptr, size_t size, size_t nmemb, void *stream){
      int loop=0;
      char *data, *token, info[100];
      data = (char *) ptr;
      if(!strncmp(data, "icy-name:", 9)) {
        printf("Got Servername!\n");
        token = strtok(data, " ");
        while((token = strtok(0, " "))){
          if(loop == 0) {
            strcpy(info, token);
          } else {
          strcat (info, " ");
          strcat (info, token);
        station = (char *)info;
        printf("Servername: %s\n", station);
      if(!strncmp(data, "icy-metaint:", 12)) {
        printf("Got metaint-data!\n");
        token = strtok(data, " ");
        token = strtok(0, " ");
        if (token) {
          metaint = atoi(token);
        } else {
          metaint = 0;
        printf("metaint = %i\n", metaint);
      return size*nmemb; /* we must return the amount of bytes processed */ 
    int main (int argc, char **argv){
      char *easyhandle;
      char *headerdata;
      char *URL;
      struct curl_slist *headerlist=NULL;
        printf("%s [URL]\n\n", argv[0]);
        return 0;
      URL = argv[1];
      /* CURL initialization*/
      easyhandle = curl_easy_init();
      /* append 'Icy-MetaData:1' to the header, bc we want the metadata*/
      headerlist = curl_slist_append(headerlist, "Icy-MetaData:1");
      headerlist = curl_slist_append(headerlist, "ICY 200 OK");
      curl_easy_setopt(easyhandle, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, headerlist);
      /* Where are we connecting to?*/
      curl_easy_setopt(easyhandle, CURLOPT_URL, URL);
      curl_easy_setopt(easyhandle, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 2);
      curl_easy_setopt(easyhandle, CURLOPT_HTTP200ALIASES, headerlist);
      curl_easy_setopt(easyhandle, CURLOPT_HEADERFUNCTION, hdrprocess);
      curl_easy_setopt(easyhandle, CURLOPT_WRITEHEADER, headerdata);
      /* Don't send data recieved to stdout --> send to processing-function instead*/
      curl_easy_setopt(easyhandle, CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION, stream_process); 
      /*where are the actual values of my variables? */
        printf("%s\n", station);    /*outputs some crap*/
        printf("%s\n", stationinfo);/*here too*/
        printf("%i\n", metaint); /*everything fine here*/
      curl_slist_free_all(headerlist); /* free the list again */
      return 0;

    thx in advance

    PS i know this is probably really sloppy work, but i am far from a pro and needed something that fitted my needs, but couldn't find it.

    PPS i am developing under linux and cygwin

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    > station = (char *)info;
    This is a pointer to a local variable.
    As soon as the function returns, the info variable goes out of scope, it's value is lost and station is now pointing at junk.
    If you dance barefoot on the broken glass of undefined behaviour, you've got to expect the occasional cut.
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    thx that worked

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