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Hi to everyone,

I have very basic doubt in Pointer.

I have declared a variable like this
int **value;

Book Definition:
value = &anotherpointer;

But I have used the same double pointer for storing data in two dimensional array.

I have given a sample code below:
value = (int **) malloc(sizeof(int)*2);
value[0] = (int *)malloc(sizeof(int) *2);
value[1]= (int *)malloc(sizeof(int)*2);

This above syntax is working fine with my program.

Basically, i have tried to create a dynamic two dimensional array of size (2X2).

The above syntax of creating dynamic array works fine for all user defined and built-in data types.

Please let me know how memory will be allocated if i tried to create a dynamic structure pointer or other data types of size (example 10).

Please let me know whether i have used the pointer correctly or not?

And let me know the reason. Looking forward for your replies....
Posted 28-Aug-12 23:25pm
Updated 28-Aug-12 23:28pm

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Solution 1

Yes, you may use a double pointer to store the address of another pointer as well for creating a matrix, the compiler won't complain. :-)

The memory you are going to use does actually depend on the malloc statements.

Plaese note:
balasubramaniyan94 wrote:
value = (int **) malloc(sizeof(int)*2);

The above line is wrong, it should be
value = (int **) malloc(sizeof(int *) * 2);

(You are lucky if, as often happens, sizeof(int) == sizeof(int *)).
Mihai Vrinceanu 29-Aug-12 9:00am
On 32 bit operating systems, sizeof(int) is 4 and sizeof(int*) is 4.
On 64 bit operating systems, sizeof(int) is 4 and sizeof(int*) is 8.
For storing a 64 bit address, you need 8 bytes: 8 bytes * 8 bits/byte = 64 bits.

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