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Re: trying dputs

On 11/20/2014 09:05 AM, Bart Schaefer wrote:
On Nov 19,  5:48pm, Ray Andrews wrote:
} If I steal 'opts->args' with a test string like this:
} //char *garbage = "utter garbage";
} //ops->args = &garbage;
} ... I get what I expect from this:
} dputs("\nargs: %s", *(ops->args));
} ... but if I leave the pointer unmolested, I get a zsh
} segmentation fault. Why is that?

Because ops->args is a NULL pointer (not a pointer to an empty string)
when there are no arguments to the option.  Dereferencing a NULL pointer
is a segmentation fault in most cases; if you are used to getting "NULL"
as output from printf("%s\n", (char *)0), then you've been damaged by an
overly generous compiler or an overly protective OS.
If it's supposta be NULL when not in use, then I got what I should get, quite right. I just thought it might more safely point to a NULL string, but if that's not how it's
done, then it's probably for a good reason. I can't say otherwise.

Look at the definitions of OPT_ARG and OPT_ARG_SAFE in zsh.h.  You should
not be dereferencing ops->args directly, even in a debugging statement.
Ok.  Easy enough to test for a NULL pointer in any case.

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