Pointers ,Arrays and Pointer to pointers.

Consider the following statement:
char *lineptr[]={“hello”,”hai”,”how”};
Here ‘lineptr’ is an array that consists of pointers to characters.
1) Now this array is passed on to another function with a call as follows:
The function ‘str’ would have a declaration as follows:
void str(char *lineptr[]);

2) The same thing can be done in a different way as follows:
str((char **) lineptr);
The definition of ‘str’ can be the same as the above or it could well be:
void str(char **lineptr);(the declaration of the function could have been the same when the call was
str(lineptr); as well.
This is an example of a pointer to a pointer.

Here in our function call :str((char **)lineptr); we pass a pointer to a pointer (that points to characters).
And that we have as (char**)lineptr.
This shows the thick relation between arrays and pointers in C. Any operation that can be done array subscripting can also be done with pointers.
.char s[]=”hello”;
could be done using pointers as
.char *s=”hello”.

The parenthesis and the type specification (char) that we have is extremely important.
Without the parenthesis and the type,it would be as follows:
**lineptr : dereferencing the dereferenced value of lineptr ,i.e,&lineptr[0] which would result in ‘h’ as the answer.

In both cases
would print out the contents of the array 'lineptr' (.i.e (hellohaihow)).
.lineptr++ increments lineptr by a value of 4 since it points to pointers.

Now consider another case ,
The function call being
str((char**)lineptr) or str(lineptr)
The declaration being
void str(char *ptr);
Through the function call, we pass a pointer to pointer(that points to characters).But the declaration consists of a pointer that points to characters. Therefore the variable ‘ptr’ in the function ‘str’ would take up the base address of the array ‘lineptr’ as its value. Now since this a pointer that points to characters , ptr++ would increment ‘ptr’ by a value of only 1.And since this points to some unknown characters, undefined results would be produced.


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