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Old 06-09-2011
error: invalid conversion from ‘const char*’ to ‘char*’

Compiling xpp (The X Printing Panel) on SL6 (RHEL6 essentially):
xpp.cxx: In constructor ‘printFiles::printFiles(int, char**, int&)’:
xpp.cxx:200: error: invalid conversion from ‘const char*’ to ‘char*’

The same error with all c++ constructors - gcc 4.4.4.

If anyone can throw any light on this it would be very much appreciated - I'm after getting BitBox[1] up and running and it won't run without xpp.
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# 2  
Old 06-09-2011
Casting the expression on the right side of the equals sign should take care of this.
# 3  
Old 06-09-2011
Keep in mind that the code might still have to abide by the const-ness even after you typecast it. Typecasting a "string" to char * won't stop the program from crashing when you try to modify it.
# 4  
Old 06-09-2011
Not if it's cast from char* to const char* but the other way around...sure!
# 5  
Old 06-09-2011
The function prototype:
printFiles::printFiles(int  argc,         /* I - Number of command-line arguments */
                          char *argv[],      /* I - Command-line arguments */
                          int &exitstat);    /* O - != 0 if an error occurred */

I was working on the basis it was probably something to do with the version of gcc in use - however compat libs and gcc3 do not seem to fix it.
# 6  
Old 06-09-2011
Originally Posted by shamrock
Not if it's cast from char* to const char* but the other way around...sure!
xpp.cxx:200: error: invalid conversion from ‘const char*’ to ‘char*’

Like shamrock says you may need to modify something to fix it. Since you haven't posted line 200 (and a bit of context) we don't know exactly what's making it throw up though.
# 7  
Old 06-09-2011
OK, I was thinking the error was in the function prototype, after all that was what was given, however it is further down (rusty!):
              char *tmp; 

              if ((tmp = strchr(dest,'/'))) {
                tmp[0] = '\0';
                instance = tmp + 1;

Specifically the tmp assignment.

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