View Full Version : C++ source file has become corrupt or something after running program

August 10th, 2012, 04:15 PM
In new to Linux and so far I like it. I am trying to learn how to write c++ programs and compile them using terminal and gedit. I have used Microsoft Visual Studio to make c++ programs before but I want to learn to do in in Linux.

I had made a very simple c++ program. After I compile the program and run. The source file gets corrupted. It shows as a very long list of characters. I had made two programs so far, "Hello World" and a program that asks for your age and displays your age. The Helloworld program runs fine and I can go back to the source file and edit it if I want to. When I run the age program, after its been compiled it non usable.

I get this in my source file but its color different colors such asred green pink. I would post a screen shot but I have not figured out how to do that yet.

ELF\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\ 00P\854\00\00\00\\00\00\00\00\00\004\00 \00 \00(\00\00\00\00\00\004\00\00\004\804\80 \00\00 \00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00T\00\00T\81 T\81\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\0 0\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\80\00\80 \00\00 \00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\F8\00\00\F8\ 9E\F8\9E0\00\00\80\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00 \00\00\00\00\00\9F\9F\E0\00\00\00\E0\00\0 0\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00\00h\0

Does anyone know why this is happening?
Also if this is a repeat post im sorry I missed the original one.


August 10th, 2012, 04:21 PM
We can't help if you don't show us the code and the command(s) you are running.

August 10th, 2012, 05:33 PM
You've overwritten your source file with your binary file (it starts with "ELF"), very possibly because you accidentally wrote the input filename as the output when invoking g++. There is no way to recover your source file from there... well, you can disassemble it, but you'll get ASM code, not C++.

August 10th, 2012, 06:03 PM
heres the commands for terminal. I know i messed up some of the commands but here it is.

crash@crash-PC:~$ cd cpp/age
crash@crash-PC:~/cpp/age$ gedit age2.cpp
crash@crash-PC:~/cpp/age$ g++ age2.cpp -o age2.cpp
age2.cpp: In function ‘int main()’:
age2.cpp:7:7: error: ‘age’ was not declared in this scope
crash@crash-PC:~/cpp/age$ g++ age2.cpp -o age2.cpp
crash@crash-PC:~/cpp/age$ ./ age2.cpp
bash: ./: Is a directory
crash@crash-PC:~/cpp/age$ ./age2.cpp
whats your age 25

your age is 25.crash@crash-PC:~/cpp/age$

well heres the source code for it.

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main ();

int age;
cout<< "whats your age --> ";
cin>> age;
cout<< "\nYour age is " << age << ".\n";

return 0;

as nvteighen said it over written it with a binary file. I created a helloworld program and I did not over write it. how do I prevent it in this case? I can run the helloworld file as many times as I want and it will not overwrite it?

August 10th, 2012, 06:06 PM
The -o flag specifies the name of the file that the compiler writes. If it's the same as the name of the input file, it will be overwritten. Just specify a different name.

August 10th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Awesome. Thank you for the info. Is there a way to not have it write another file, but only run the program? Like I said im still new to terminal and the commands.

August 10th, 2012, 08:06 PM
No, not with g++. The tcc compiler can do this, but it's a C compiler, not C++. If there's a C++ equivalent, I don't know it.