[Shapelib] Delete or hide Shape from Shapefile

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Tue May 19 08:49:07 EST 2009

Jelmer Baas wrote:
> The following code freezes my application:
>     Dim intShapeFile As Integer, intEntities As Integer, objShapeType As
> MapTools.ShapeLib.ShapeType
>     Dim minB(2) As Double, maxB(2) As Double
>     intShapeFile = SHPOpen("C:\test\test.shp", "rb+")
>     SHPGetInfo(intShapeFile, intEntities, objShapeType, minB, maxB)
>     SHPClose(intShapeFile)
>     System.GC.Collect()
> I tried a different shape file, same problem. MapServer can properly
> draw the shapes, so 
> I think it's a valid file, too. There's no way to recover except kill
> the application.
> Well, wouldn't you know. While typing this I had another idea: to skip
> SHPGetInfo, and that 
> does the trick. Question remains: why does SHPGetInfo crash the app when
> using Shapelib?


The minB, maxB arguments to SHPGetInfo() should be dimensioned with a size
of four (X, Y, Z, measure), not 2.  I presume SHPGetInfo is writing past
the end of your arrays and corrupting the heap.

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