Sonar recognizes the same error only once in a file

Error finding of Sonar at line 227.

A similiar code fragment in the same file at line 380.

Why doesn’t Sonar recognize the error? Other analysis tools find this error.


Is this C or C++?

As the docs explain

Once a fatal state of the program is reached, one issue will be raised, and the symbolic execution analysis of the current path will stop

So it’s likely that something between line 227 and line 380 caused a fatal program state.


Hi Ann,
it is C.
In the file there is no further error message and no fatal error between these lines,
Other ideas?


Thanks for confirming that it’s C. I’ve flagged this for the language experts.


Hello @luj,

The code snippets you shared suggest that this might be code from a header file. This is relevant because header files cannot be analyzed independently. We analyze the translation units (.c, .cpp, …) and the headers these include.

From this assumption, a symbolic execution fatal state could be reached in the currently analyzed source file, leading to no issue being detected on line 380 in the header file.

But this is based on an assumption, and might not be the case.
To investigate what is going on, would you share with me a reproducer for the translation unit causing this, please?

Note that if the issue appears in a header file, you could trace the execution path of the issue appearing at line 227 (first snippet) to see which source file was being analyzed at the time and request a reproducer for that file.

To generate the reproducer file:

  • Search in the analysis log for the full path of the source file for which you want to create a reproducer (for instance, a file that contains a false-positive). You will have to use exactly this name (same case, / or \…)
  • Add the reproducer option to the scanner configuration:
    sonar.cfamily.reproducer="Full path to the .cpp"
  • Re-run the scanner to generate a file named in the project folder.
  • Please share this file. If you think it contains private information, let us know, and we’ll send you a private message allowing you to send it privately.


Hi Vlad-Andrei,
i have attached the zip file.
Thank you! (28.3 KB)