Returning local variable pointers from a function is something you should never do. Because the returned address will exist, but the data inside it will have lost it’s scope.

Nevertheless, whether or not you should do it, is something people often disregard, and thus GCC 5.x and above have tried to ensure you don’t.

Starting from 5.0.0 and above versions of GCC (and in extension G++), you cannot return local variable pointers from a function

Thus a program like this -

#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

int * createArr () {
int arr[3] = {1,2,3};

cout << "function " << arr << endl;

return arr;
}

int main() {
int * val = createArr();
cout << " main " << val;
}


Will return this in GCC5

function 0x7fff5e9e18f0
main 0


In earlier versions of GCC (4.9 and below) it used to return this -

function 0x7fff5e9e18f0
main  0x7fff5e9e18f0


TL;DR; In GCC5.x and above, local variable pointers in a function are returned as 0 to the calling function