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first post here, so be gentle ;)

i am modding doom3. the doom3 engine is proprietary and compiled. we
get source to a dll loaded by the engine.

the engine gives me an instance of a class idAASFile which contains the
following definition:
class idAASFile {

// removed irrelevant code

idList<aasPortal_t> portals;

// removed irrelevant code

i would like to add an instance of aasPortal_t to this idList. i have
added this to the dll code:

aasPortal_t portal = portals.Alloc();

i get a failed debug assertion:

_BLOCK_TYPE_IS_VALID(pHead->nBlockUse) down in dbgdel.cpp.

i have read everything i can find on this. seems like it is usually one
of a few problems...

trying to delete a pointer to memory on the heap twice or trying to
delete a pointer to memory not on the heap.

mixing release and debug versions of executables and libraries:

if i do a release build of the dll the assertion no longer fails
because it isn't checked, but the engine still bombs with:

Unhandled exception at 0x7c901230 in DOOM3.exe: User breakpoint.

i experienced something similar to this earlier and read that it is
heap corruption, so that tells me that i should have listened to the
debug assertion and not tried to ignore it, as far as i can tell,
eliminating the release - debug build option

which leads me to think deleting something invalid...

it will be handy to browse down through Alloc i am sure:


Returns a reference to a new data element at the end of the list.
template< class type >
ID_INLINE type &idList<type>::Alloc( void ) {
if ( !list ) {
Resize( granularity );

if ( num == size ) {
Resize( size +
granularity );

return list[ num++ ];

then down into Resize where it actually dies:


Allocates memory for the amount of elements requested while keeping the
contents intact.
Contents are copied using their = operator so that data is correnctly
template< class type >
ID_INLINE void idList<type>::Resize( int newsize ) {
type *temp;
int i;

assert( newsize >= 0 );

// free up the list if no data is being reserved
if ( newsize <= 0 ) {

if ( newsize == size ) {
// not changing the
size, so just exit

temp = list;
size = newsize;
if ( size < num ) {
num = size;

// copy the old list into our new one
list = new type[ size ];
for( i = 0; i < num; i++ ) {
list[ i ] = temp[ i ];

// delete the old list if it exists
if ( temp ) {
delete[] temp;

and the definition of list for kicks:

class idList {
// removed irrelevant code
type * list;

the call to delete[] temp is the problem. I have read also that this
can happen when you don't implement a copy constructor and operator =
correctly, but aasPortal_t doesn't contain any dynamically allocated

// cluster portal
typedef struct aasPortal_s {
short areaNum;
short clusters[2];
short clusterAreaNum[2];
unsigned short maxAreaTravelTime;
} aasPortal_t;

i can declare and Resize the same type of variable if it all happens in
the dll no problem.

void TestLocalInstantiation() {
idList<aasPortal_t> portals;
portals.Resize( 10, 10 );

so if the same code works when it is all local why does it fail when i
get an instance from the engine and try to modify it?

i just read this:
The most common explanation for the problem is that it appears when
doing 'new' + 'delete' and the memory is cleared twice then (which is
not a good idea), or the wrong address space is cleared when using DLL
(that has its own heap).

So I have yet to find a good book that covers windows dll nuances in
c++, if the engine is loading my dll dynamically we have different
heaps? how would i tell if this is the case?
Please help :(



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"cusTom3" <em***********> wrote in message
first post here, so be gentle ;)

I'll try. :-)

The problem most likely lies in the fact that a DLL under Windows manages
its memory separately from any process which calls it. You're likely trying
to use memory that's not in your process' address space. How to deal with
that is a topic for a win32 newsgroup, however, not this one. Here, we [try
to] stick to C++ _language_ issues, and stay away from operating-specific
stuff (such as DLLs).


Jul 29 '05 #2

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thanks howard, i will head over that way ;)

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