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I am trying to create a very simple logging application. I want to learn about unix sockets and network programming. The app is a server that opens a port (7371) and then echos everything that comes in that port to an NSTextView (the only outlet).

I actually have everything working, and the logger does indeed log stuff sent to it, but the problem is that after a client has connected and sent a string to the server I can not mouse over the NSTextView without it crashing or popping up the debugger. No error is given but if I try to continue with the debugger I get an ECX_BAD_ACCESS signal.

I can only feel that it has to do with the way I am dealing with notifications. Here is how to recreate

1) Run the app

2) In a teminal window “telnet 7371”. Connection works even after a crash due to the ‘setsockopt’ command (thank you Aaron Hillegrass).

3) Move mouse away from NSTextView. No problem, can even cick onthe app and back to the terminal without any issue

4) Type ‘hello’ in the terminal. ‘hello’ displayed in the NSTextView of the app.

5) Move mouse away from being over the terminal window and mouse over the NSTextView.

6) Instantly the app crashes as described - If running in release mode it just ‘unexpectedly quits’, if in Xcode the debugger pops up. The gdb where command tells me:

#0 0x90a594c7 in objc_msgSend ()

#1 0xbffff6d8 in ?? ()

#2 0x93288e28 in -[NSApplication run] ()

#3 0x9327cd2f in NSApplicationMain ()

#4 0x0000dffc in main (argc=1, argv=0xbffff8f0) at /Users/conrad/Documents/FairWeatherPunk/Subversion/FlashLogger/main.m:13

Which is not helpful atall (line 13 is simply the only line of code in a normal main.m).

So I presume it has to either do with the fact that I have received a ‘NSFileHandleReadCompletionNotification’ from the remoteSocket - initiated by typing in at the terminal - and not finished with it properly, OR the text I have added to the NSTextView from the socket is breaking it up somehow.

Unfortunately the real thing I want to connect to it (a flash movie) also experiences the same problems.

Can anybody help?

Thank you for listening

The code follows

/* FlashLoggerController */

#import <Cocoa/Cocoa.h>

@interface FlashLoggerController : NSObject { IBOutlet NSTextView *logView; NSFileHandle *listenSocket; NSFileHandle *remoteSocket; }


#import “FlashLoggerController.h”

#include #include <sys/types.h> #include <sys/socket.h> #include <netinet/in.h>

@implementation FlashLoggerController


The first thing that jumps out at me is this:

	NSString *message = [NSString stringWithUTF8String:[messageData bytes]];
	[self addMessage: message];
	[message release];

All of the NSString string… messages return an autoreleased instance so you are releasing it again. This is likely to cause bad things to happen when the event loop returns and frees the atorelease pool that it created for you.

Does changing that fix anything?


Thanks Jeff, that fixed it. Amazing, all of that code brought down by a misunderstanding of NSString.

Is messageData NUL-terminated? Because that’s what stringWithUTF8String: is expecting, and if it’s not then you’ll end up reading garbage in some circumstances. You probably want to use initWithData:encoding:.