Thread: Strange errors

  1. #1
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    Strange errors

    When I run it, half the time I get "exception: bad allocation", and in the other half I get six 3's but the last is a garbage value. Does anyone know why? I'm using Visual C++ 2008. It works fine when size is less than 7.

    void print_array(ostream& os, int* a, int n)
    	for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
    		cout << a[i] << "\n";
    int main()
    try {
    	const int size = 7;
    	int* p2 = new int(size);
    	for (int i = 0; i < size; i++) {
    		p2[i] = 3;
    	print_array(cout, p2, size);
    	return 0;
    catch(exception& e) {
    	cerr << "exception: " << e.what() << '\n';
    	return 1;
    catch (...) {
    	cerr << "Some exception\n";
    	return 2;

  2. #2
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    Oct 2003
    int* p2 = new int(size);
    p2 points to a single int with a value of size. You want to use new[] instead, and remember to have a corresponding delete[]... but of course in this case you might as well use std::tr1::array or a raw array since size is const. If not, you should just use std::vector.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjarne Stroustrup (2000-10-14)
    I get maybe two dozen requests for help with some sort of programming or design problem every day. Most have more sense than to send me hundreds of lines of code. If they do, I ask them to find the smallest example that exhibits the problem and send me that. Mostly, they then find the error themselves. "Finding the smallest program that demonstrates the error" is a powerful debugging tool.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Inside my computer
    int* p2 = new int(size);
    delete p2; // Delete me!
    Create one int and initialize it with the value of size.
    int* p2 = new int[size];
    delete [] p2; // Delete me!
    Create size ints
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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