free(): invalid pointer 0x842e3344,problem with free

raklo's Avatar, Join Date: Feb 2007
Newbie Member
i've written a code that simply forks a process,executes a command thru
execve() and exits,wherein i've used
char *fildes;
allocated a char sting to fildes by
char *itoa(int x)
filedes=itoa(3);

and then execve(args[0],args,env);
wherein on of the contents of args[0] is fildes.

now when i do
free(fildes);

I get error
*** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x080a6bfe ***
Aborted.

can u tell wotz prob with the code.
ANY INPUT IS APPRECIATED
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shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
Go4Expert Founder
Looks like fildes is not a valid pointer.
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raklo's Avatar, Join Date: Feb 2007
Newbie Member
wotz the solution for it???
the thing is that i've used this program inthe initrd image ,though this error occurs
everytime but my system does boot.but the main problem is once in every 3-4 boots the system panics, and i believe this is the cause of it.

so wot can be the solution???
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shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
Go4Expert Founder
Try freeing it only when its valid and assign a null by default so you know if its not null you free it.
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DaWei's Avatar, Join Date: Dec 2006
Team Leader
Assigning a value to a pointer is NOT allocating it. You can only free a pointer that your have gotten from malloc or its variants.