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dangling pointer



{
   char *dp = NULL;
   /* ... */
   {
       char c;
       dp = &c;
   } /* c falls out of scope */
     /* dp is now a dangling pointer */
}

solution:


#include <stdlib.h>
 
void func()
{
    char *dp = malloc(A_CONST);
    /* ... */
    free(dp);         /* dp now becomes a dangling pointer */
    dp = NULL;        /* dp is no longer dangling */
    /* ... */
}
int f(int i)
{
    char *dp;    /* dp is a wild pointer */
    static char *scp;  /* scp is not a wild pointer:
                        * static variables are initialized to 0
                        * at start and retain their values from
                        * the last call afterwards.
                        * Using this feature may be considered bad
                        * style if not commented */
}
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