View Full Version : how to use initstate function (for random generator)

December 31st, 2006, 03:59 PM
according to the man page and several examples from the web, i tried to initialize the random generator with the following lines:

static char randstate[2048];
initstate(time(), randstate, 256)

it does compile, but the program ends with signal 11 (segmentation fault).
what am i doing wrong?

January 2nd, 2007, 08:12 AM
I tried to put your code in a minimal application and this works. So either your code snippet is not representative, or you error lies elsewhere.

e@lap:/tmp$ cat test.c
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <time.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char **argv){
static char randstate[2048];
if(initstate(time(NULL), randstate, 256)==NULL){
return 0;
e@lap:/tmp$ gcc -Wall test.c
e@lap:/tmp$ ./a.out

How did you figure out the segfault is related to that function call ? Have you tried compiling it with the -ggdb flags and tried executing the program from gdb ? (gdb <progname> and enter run at the prompt, when it crashes type 'bt' to know where the error occured).

January 8th, 2007, 10:06 AM
thanks for your reply!
your suspicion was right, the error must have been elsewhere.

i thought the initstate function would create the segv because it worked when this line was commented out. now, after changing lots of other functions, i tried it again and it worked without any problems.

actually i should have enough experience, to find such an error by myself...](*,)