View Full Version : strange ifstream segment fault when I change an array size

April 8th, 2011, 02:59 PM
Hi guys,

I've met a quite strange segment fault error while running a small program.

The code is like:

#include <fstream>
#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

// the size of buffer which is used to load the data in datain.txt file

const long TEST_DATA_SET = 5000000;

int main(){

// Eclipse shows the segment fault is on below line:
// What's weird is:
// If I modify the TEST_DATA_SET to a smaller value, like 50000
// then everything works fine.
// This file contains 5M line of data in it, size is
// approximately 70MBytes
ifstream fin("datain.txt");

return -1;

// The array to store all data in that file.
int testdata[TEST_DATA_SET];

int i = 0;
while(!cin.eof(),i < TEST_DATA_SET )
if (cin.fail())
cerr<<"illegal data";
fin >> testdata[i];
// ... other code

Anyone has idea on this??

Thanks a lot:D:D

April 8th, 2011, 03:01 PM
CPU : Intel i5 460M
MEM : 4G
OS : Ubuntu 10.10 x86_64
GCC : 4.4.5 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.4.4-14ubuntu5)

April 8th, 2011, 03:13 PM
the array is too large for the stack. it is seldom larger than 8mb.
use the heap (new/delete or std::vector)

int * testdata = new int[TEST_DATA_SET];
delete [] testdata;
// or
#include <vector>
std::vector<int> testdata(TEST_DATA_SET, 0);

your while loop condition is also not correct, use the and operator &&

April 8th, 2011, 04:04 PM

Thanks MadCow108~~ :popcorn:

April 8th, 2011, 10:00 PM
You really have to use a standard container for this kind of job.