Creating TStringLists

Hi,
    I'm trying to dynamically create a number of TStringLists stored in an array. When I try to do this, I get an EGPFault. I don't know why.
The array is declared :

columns : array[1..5] of TStringList;

They are created thus :

for z := 1 to cols do
         columns[z].Create;

where cols is just an int between 1 and 10.
It gives the error when z is 1, so I'm stumped.
Can anyone help?

Cheers, Nik
PiersBullAsked:
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bijoynCommented:
Which version of Delphi are u using ?.
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PiersBullAuthor Commented:
Hi bijoyn,
   I'm on Delphi 1.
Cheers

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interCommented:
Hi there,

you should create the objects as:

for z := 1 to 5 do
     columns[z] := TStringList.Create;

WHY?
because TStrinList is a CLASS. When you create one that is called INSTANCE which covers the actual code and data for it CLASS is just an abstract things. So in the correct creation above we tell CLASS TStringList to create and give us an INSTANCE for our use. I hope it be clear. So for ever CLASS you should create an INSTANCE with this logic.

Regards,
Igor
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bijoynCommented:
I tried your e.g. in Delphi 2 & 3 and it works absolutely fine. All I can say is change your 'For' loop to 'For z := 0 to 5' and try the same thing. I know this sounds stupid but I cannot think of anything else.
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bijoynCommented:
Inter is absolutely right, How stupid can I get. Sorry Nik. Thanks Inter.
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PiersBullAuthor Commented:
Hi again,
    That seems to have sorted the problem out, but now I can't free the memory! I've tried this :

for z := 0 to 5 do
columns[z] := TStringList.Free;

This gives an invalid method error. Any ideas?

Cheers, Nik

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d003303Commented:
Hi,
just try this code :

for z := 0 to 5 do
   columns[z].Free;

Now colums is instanciated and contains an instance, not a class pointer.

Slash/d003303
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interCommented:
Hi,
as d003303 said, you should free the instance. Actually (in general) you only need to make a call such as TStringList.Create in creation.        IGOR
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PiersBullAuthor Commented:
Cheers, guys!
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