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PTBmilo 04-09-2003 06:58 PM

help w/ pointers vs arrays
I'm trying to understand how these things work right now and am running into a question that isn't answered in the book.

suppose that I have something like this:

      char line[MAXLINE],

        while((nchars = get_line (line,MAXLINE)) != EOF &&
              (sptr = malloc ((unsigned) nchars +1)) != NULL )
                strcpy (sptr, line);
                strtbl[i++] = sptr;

is it also legal to do this?:

        char *line,
      while((nchars = get_line (line,MAXLINE)) != EOF &&
              (sptr = malloc (nchars +1)) != NULL )
                strcpy (sptr, line);
                *(strtbl + i++) = sptr;

I ask because it does work just the same both ways, but it seems like *(strtbl + i++) would end up pointing to someting else?

is this legal?

AltF4 04-09-2003 08:04 PM

char *strtbl[NLINES] ... reserves an array of NLINES char pointers in memory, strtbl is initialized to point to the first element of the array

char **strtbl ... is a pointer to a char pointer, but is not initialized to point anywhere (and no memory is reserved for storing the data array)

to make things more visible consider this:

typedef char *CPTR;
CPTR strtbl[NLINES]; /* reserves array and points to 1st element */


typedef char *CPTR;
CPTR *strtbl; /* points nowhere */

hope it helps :-)

PTBmilo 04-09-2003 09:57 PM

that does help. thanks.

is there a way around having the constant? maybe something like:

typedef char *CPTR;
CPTR *strtbl = malloc( nArraySize * sizeof(*int));

would this allocate space for nArraySize number of int* 's ?

AltF4 04-10-2003 05:13 PM

>typedef char *CPTR;
>CPTR *strtbl = malloc( nArraySize * sizeof(*int));

*int = not correct
int * = what you need

> would this allocate space for nArraySize number of int* 's ?

would allocate space for nArraySize INT pointers, but "strtbl" would point to CHAR pointers, which is probably not what you inteded :-)

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