mardi 30 juin 2015

Segmentation Fault on fputs

I am pretty new to C and memory allocation in general. Basically what I am trying to do is copy the contents of an input file of unknown size and reverse it's contents using recursion. I feel that I am very close, but I keep getting a segmentation fault when I try to put in the contents of what I presume to be the reversed contents of the file (I presume because I think I am doing it right....)

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>

int recursive_back(char **lines, int lineNumber, FILE *input) {

   char *input_line = malloc(sizeof(char) * 1000);
   lines = realloc(lines, (lineNumber) * 1000 * sizeof(char));
   if(fgets(input_line, 201, input) == NULL) {
      *(lines + lineNumber) = input_line;
      return 1;
   else {
      printf("%d\n", lineNumber);
      return  (1+recursive_back(lines, ++lineNumber, input));



void backward (FILE *input, FILE *output, int debugflag )   {
   int i;
   char **lines;                            //store lines in here
   lines = malloc(1000 * sizeof(char *) ); //1000 lines

   if(lines == NULL) {         //if malloc failed
      fprintf(stderr, "malloc of lines failed\n");

   int finalLineCount, lineCount;
   finalLineCount = recursive_back(lines, 0, input);

   printf("test %d\n", finalLineCount);

   for(i = finalLineCount; i > 0; i--) {     
      fputs(*(lines+i), output);            //segfault here


I am using a simple input file to test the code. My input file is 6 lines long that says "This is a test input file". The actual input files are being opened in another function and passed over to the backward function. I have verified that the other functions in my program work since I have been playing around with different options. These two functions are the only functions that I am having trouble with. What am I doing wrong?

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