I am using strtok to parse the argv. On windows it works just fine but on Solaris I get a fault. I have traced it down to the "$" character on the command line.

char *result = NULL;
    char *value = NULL;
    char *argPointer = NULL;
    char delims[] = " ,=";
    int i = 1;

     while (i < argc)
        argPointer =  argv[i];

        printf("parse the arg %s\n",argPointer);

        result = strtok( argPointer, delims);
          while( result != NULL ) {
                printf( "var is \"%s\"\n", result );
                value = strtok( NULL, delims );
                printf( "value is \"%s\"\n", value );
                        if (strcmp(result,"_VARIABLE") == 0){
                                subjectName = value;
                                printf( "subject is \"%s\"\n", value );
                        if (strcmp(result,"$TYPE") == 0){
                                printf( "skipping type \n" );
           if (result != NULL && value != NULL){
               status = tibrvMsg_UpdateString(message, result, value);
            result = strtok( NULL, delims );

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are the argv[] strings in read-only memory? Maybe you need to copy the string to a temp buffer and use strtok on that temp buffer.

>are the argv[] strings in read-only memory?
No, they're required to be writable.

>I have traced it down to the "$" character on the command line.
Can you paste your debug trace here?


What's the command line you are using to run it?

I am so new to all of this that I am not sure what or how to do a debug trace.. I just inserted printf statments until I found where it failed.
I am using a command line of " _VARIABLE=SRC_SERVICE.IDN.me _HOST=chtsapdbu3 $TYPE=CHI_PRD"

Also I had tried to copy argv to a temp array but had problems.

What does tibrvMsg_UpdateString do? Is it a library or a function you've written? Also, what are subjectName, status, and message defined as? It would be nice if you could set up the smallest possible test program (that we can compile and run without adding any framework) that exhibits the error and cuts out anything unnecessary.

>>Solaris I get a fault. I have traced it down to the "$" character on the command line.

does Solaris shell interpret that $ symbol (is it a special character like '>' and '<')? try putting it in quotes

or if that doesn't work, can you escape it?

tibrvMsg_UpdateString is a call to an API.

char* subjectName = NULL;
tibrvMsg message;
tibrv_status status = TIBRV_NOT_INITIALIZED;

I have done some further testing with this and taken out the tibrvMsg_UpdateString to ensure this was not an issue. Still have problems with it dying.

I guess I should look at making a copy of the argv and then using those values?

I tried to escape it in the loop ( I do not have control of what gets put on argv) I will try and quote it.

I meant to escepe it on the command-line so that the shell does not interpret it. If you have no control over that, then escaping it is not an option. Doing it after it reaches your program argv[] will do nothing more than put the liberal '\' in argv[] string.

I figured that out the hard way. I am thinkinig about doing a regex on each line but am not sure how to do it.
so the argv[i] is string literal? I could create a buffer and then replace "$" with "_"?

Stole this from cplus.com

/* Calculate the length */
    length = strlen(argv[1]);
    for (i = 2; i < argc; i++) {
        length = length + strlen(argv[i]) ;
    length = length + 1;
    /* This last plus one is needed to hold the terminator, '\0' */

    /* Allocate the buffer */
    buffer = (char *) malloc(length);
    if (buffer == NULL) {
        printf("Error on malloc");

   for (i=1; i< length; i++){
    if (strcmp(buffer[i],"$")==0){
       buffer[i] = "_";

if all you want to do is change the $ to _, you can just change argv[] and not copy to another buffer (see Narue's earlier comment).

for(i = 1; i < argc; i++)
    char* p = strchr(argv[i],'$'); // find the $ symbol
    if(p != 0)
        *p = '_';

Ok guys, first off thank you sooo much for all of the good advice. I have been able to track this down to the strtok having issues with incomplete lines. It was looking for a=b, c=d etc. But I was getting things like $a=b, e= etc. It was a matter of using
the following code for several different scenarios<sic>

for(i = 1; i < argc; i++)
    char* p = strchr(argv[i],'$'); // find the $ symbol
    if(p != 0)
        *p = '_';

So I was able to make some adjustments directly to argv and things have worked out just fine.

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