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inexplicable System.NullReferenceException when using stl vector

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Hi,

I've written a managed class that makes use of stl vectors of a few
unmanaged structs for data handling/manipulation, but I'm getting a few
very strange errors. I get an

"Unhandled Exception: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference
not set to an instance of an object" occasionally when adding a new
element to a vector. By

occasionally I mean that the exact same code works fine most of the
time, throwing the error around 1% of the time. Based on sample data
that I'm feeding the program, the

errors occur on the exact same data every execution, but I don't see
anything wrong with the offending data or the code. Can someone help?
Even if you only have a vague

idea of something I can look into, please let me know.

Here's the relevant code snippet:

// if a headline occurs after a normal paragraph, split the block
there
for (int i = thisDoc->blocks.size() - 1; i >= 0; i--)
{
block* curBlock = &thisDoc->blocks[i];
if (curBlock->type == blockType::text)
{
// search through all the paragraphs (from end to start)
bool lastWasHeadline = false;
for (int j = curBlock->paragraphs.size() - 1; j >= 0; j--)
{
// is this paragraph a headline?
if (curBlock->paragraphs[j].type == paragraphType::headline)
lastWasHeadline = true;
else
{
// did we just leave a headline?
if (lastWasHeadline)
{
// split the remainder of the block into a new block
block newBlock;
newBlock.type = blockType::text;
for (int k = curBlock->paragraphs.size() - 1; k > j; k--)
{
newBlock.paragraphs.insert(newBlock.paragraphs.beg in(),
curBlock->paragraphs[k]);
curBlock->removeParagraph(k);
}
//!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ERROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
//Unhandled Exception: System.NullReferenceException: Object
reference not set to an instance of an object
thisDoc->addBlock(newBlock);
//!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ERROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
}
lastWasHeadline = false;
}
}
}
}

From the class header (to show you what my struct declarations look

like):

__nogc struct block
{
rectangle bounds;
rectangle adjacent;
rectangle gutterDist;
int type;
vector<paragraph> paragraphs;

block()
{
bounds.left = bounds.right = bounds.top = bounds.bottom = 0;
adjacent.left = adjacent.right = adjacent.top = adjacent.bottom =
-1;
gutterDist.left = gutterDist.right = gutterDist.top =
gutterDist.bottom = 2147483647;
type = blockType::undecided;
paragraphs.clear();
}

~block() {paragraphs.clear();}

void addParagraph(paragraph newParagraph)
{
// if this is the first line to be added to the paragraph
if (paragraphs.size() == 0)
{
bounds.left = newParagraph.bounds.left;
bounds.right = newParagraph.bounds.right;
bounds.top = newParagraph.bounds.top;
bounds.bottom = newParagraph.bounds.bottom;
}
else
{
if (newParagraph.bounds.left < bounds.left)
bounds.left = newParagraph.bounds.left;
if (newParagraph.bounds.right > bounds.right)
bounds.right = newParagraph.bounds.right;
if (newParagraph.bounds.top < bounds.top)
bounds.top = newParagraph.bounds.top;
if (newParagraph.bounds.bottom > bounds.bottom)
bounds.bottom = newParagraph.bounds.bottom;
}
paragraphs.push_back(newParagraph);
}

void removeParagraph(int index)
{
paragraphs.erase(paragraphs.begin() + index);
}
};

__nogc struct page
{
int width, height, resolution;
vector<block> blocks;
double avgLineHeight; // calculated in reFormat(...)

page()
{
width = height = resolution = 0;
blocks.clear();
}

~page() {blocks.clear();}

void addBlock(block newBlock) {blocks.push_back(newBlock);}

void removeBlock(int index)
{
blocks.erase(blocks.begin() + index);
}
};

// all necessary internal variables
page __nogc* thisDoc;

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ra*****@hotmail.com wrote:
Hi,

I've written a managed class that makes use of stl vectors of a few
unmanaged structs for data handling/manipulation, but I'm getting a few
very strange errors. I get an

"Unhandled Exception: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference
not set to an instance of an object" occasionally when adding a new
element to a vector. By

<snip>

The error does not seem to come from the standard features you are
using. It is perhaps because of this "managed" C++. Asking in a
microsoft newsgroup should help you (see
http://www.parashift.com/c++-faq-lit....html#faq-5.9).
Jonathan

May 24 '06 #2

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