IG83 IG83 - 2 months ago 21x
C++ Question

Vector Iterators Incompatible

I am new to C++ in general so excuse me if I am overlooking something obvious.

I have a class with a std::vector data member e.g.

class foo{

const std::vector<int> getVec(){return myVec;} //other stuff omitted

std::vector<int> myVec;


Now at some part of my main code I am trying to iterate through the vector like this:

std::vector<int>::const_iterator i = myFoo.getVec().begin();
while( i != myFoo.getVec().end())
//do stuff

Now the moment I reach this loop, I get the aforementioned error. I don't understand what's going on. Any help is appreciated!


The reason you are getting this, is that the iterators are from two (or more) different copies of myVec. You are returning a copy of the vector with each call to myFoo.getVec(). So the iterators are incompatible.

Some solutions:

Return a const reference to the std::vector<int> :

const std::vector<int> & getVec(){return myVec;} //other stuff omitted

Another solution, probably preferable would be to get a local copy of the vector and use this to get your iterators:

const std::vector<int> myCopy = myFoo.getVec();
std::vector<int>::const_iterator i = myCopy.begin();
while(i != myCopy.end())
  //do stuff

Also +1 for not using namespace std;