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what is dangling pointer?can i get one example?
Aug 8 '07 #1
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what is dangling pointer?can i get one example?
It's a pointer not pointing to a valid memory location:

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  1. void* p= malloc(42);
  2. free(p);
  3. // p is dangling now
kind regards,

Aug 8 '07 #2
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what is dangling pointer?can i get one example?

Haven't you search on google?

"A pointer (access value) which points to an object that no longer exists." This is a web definition of dangling pointer.

See here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangling_pointer

Aug 8 '07 #3
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These are a big problem in C.

You can never delete a pointer unless you know there are no copies of it anywhere else in the program. This is not fun in a big program.

C++ works this issue by using handle classes.
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