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I have been trying to get a reply from an XML-RPC class parsed out into an NSArray and was having absolutely no luck and now it won’t even run with just a simple string. I get either a segmentation fault, or a bus error. Obviously I’m missing something but I have no idea what it is. The data does display just fine. The segmentation fault comes almost exactly one second after the window with the data is drawn.

edit After running the app in the debugger, I get EXC_BAD_ACCESS which, as I remember, is from trying to dereference an object that isn’t there anymore. The thing is that I’m not actually releasing or autoreleasing anything yet.

The code:


#import <Cocoa/Cocoa.h>

@interface GVWindow : NSObject { IBOutlet NSTextField *urlLine; IBOutlet NSTextField *loginLine; IBOutlet NSTextField *passwordLine; IBOutlet NSTableView *calendarsList; IBOutlet NSButton *loadButton;

NSArray *calendarsArray; }



@implementation GVWindow


Hi there,

Welcome to cocoa!

Yep, you’ve got memory errors. It looks like you think you’re filling in calendarsArray, but you’re really just changing which object the variable calendarsArray points to.

-[NSArray componentsSeparatedByString:] returns a pointer to an autoreleased array. You set the variable calendarsArray to that pointer, losing the reference to the array you created in awakeFromNib (so you leak that array object). Now, you never retain this new array, so it has been deallocated by the time you try to message it in numberOfRowsInTableView (or the other method) the next time through the run loop. Result: crashola.

Hope that helps.


To fix it, you need to either retain the autoreleased arrays, or create them with a alloc/init pair. See MemoryManagement.

Fixed: @implementation GVWindow

// if ( [rpc getLastCommandStatus] > 0 ) { // return -1; // } else { // calendarsArray = [query componentsSeparatedByString:@”:”]; // return 1; // }

NSString *thingy = @"one:two:three:four:five";
[calendarsArray release];
calendarsArray = thingy componentsSeparatedByString:@":"] retain]; }


Why are you creating calendarsArray twice? You create it in init, then you just release it again in loadCalendarsArray.