Thread: i get illegal operation.

  1. #1
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    Oct 2007

    i get illegal operation.

    im new in C++

    this is only a sample code:
    #include <iostream>
    #include <fstream>
    using namespace std;
    int main () {
        char *a;
        char *b;
        char *c;
        char *d;
        ifstream ab ("word.txt");
        ifstream bb ("wordlist.txt");
        ab>>c; //line 11    b=c;
        bb>>d; //line 14
    note: the text with red font is the coz of "illegal operation" but if i change it to a same variable i dont recieve illegal operation but whenever line 14 is executed both variable b and a change to the value from the document.

    this is the problem if i use same variable to line 11 and 14:
    i change the variable c to d from line 11.

    b=d; meaning if string from the word.txt is aaaa, b = "aaaa"
    when line 14 is executed
    a=d; if string from wordlist.txt is bbbb supposed to be a= "bbbb"
    but b is also become b= "bbbb"

    any help!!

  2. #2
    Kernel hacker
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    Farncombe, Surrey, England
    Your pointers a, b, c and d are pointing at "random" locations, you need to allocate some memory, or otherwise point at some valid memory location.

    Compilers can produce warnings - make the compiler programmers happy: Use them!
    Please don't PM me for help - and no, I don't do help over instant messengers.

  3. #3
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    Just use std::string instead of raw char pointers.
    All the buzzt!

    "There is not now, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, any programming language in which it is the least bit difficult to write bad code."
    - Flon's Law

  4. #4
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    Oct 2007
    i am new in C++ and dont know how to allocate memory can you give me a sample? thanks

  5. #5
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    Just use std::string instead.

    Here's a quick introduction:

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