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Old 11-08-2003, 01:10 PM   #1
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Newbie problem with pointers in C.

I am trying to teach myself C (using gcc 3.3.1). I am trying
to write a simple example that does a double linked list.
I seem to be falling at the first hurdle when I try and
create the pointer. My program is:

/*look at the use of structures and pointers to produce a
double linked list*/
#include <stdio.h>
#include <malloc.h>
#include <string.h>

int main (void)
typedef struct
int time;
struct event *fptr,*bptr;
} event;

event *baseptr;

baseptr = (struct event *) malloc ( sizeof (struct event));


The compiler error is:

doublelinked.c:18: error invalid application of 'sizeof' to an incomplete type
doublelinked.c:18: warning assignment from incompatible pointer type

I have obviously done something daft, but would be grateful if some kind
person could tell me what is wrong.

Old 11-08-2003, 01:52 PM   #2
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Orange County, CA
Distribution: Debian (squeeze), kernel 2.6.30-2-amd64
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Hi Chris,

The problem is that you're attempting to use the word "struct" in your call to malloc. The typedef for your structure creates an alias tagname for the unnamed structure, making the "struct" unecessary. So if you get rid of the "struct" words in your malloc line, it should compile clean.

Good luck,

-- ludwig
Old 11-08-2003, 02:00 PM   #3
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Thanks Ludwig. You are right.

I copied the offending line straight out of Dennis Alcock's book
'Illustrating C'!

Best regards,


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