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use MALLOC function on array

zhu_zheng asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-15

I am trying to use MALLOC function to set the memory location for array which is defined by pointer to pointer. The code doesn't has error, but it couldn't run. The part of code is attached as following:

int i,j;
int **matrix;

  /*initialize the array.*/
  for (i=0; i<=4; i++)

Is there anything wrong with the usage of MALLOC? The code stop at

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  /*initialize the array.*/
  for( i=0; i<=4; i++ ){
      matrix[i] = (int *)malloc(5*sizeof(int));
      for(j=0;j<=4;j++){ *(*(matrix+i)+j)=0; }
In your program, try

  (int *)matrix= malloc(5*5*sizeof(int));
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ozo's solution works.

ufolks123's solution probably works because it is very similar to ozo's.

Zheng, your way does not work because you have not informed the compiler that matrix has the form of a [5][5] array, so it does not know what units i is specified in when you say "matrix + i".

For interest, here is a solution whose main advantage is that it uses a single malloc:

#include "malloc.h"
#define NUM_OF_ROWS      5

typedef int    matrixRow[5];

  int i,j;
  matrixRow  *matrix;

  matrix = malloc(NUM_OF_ROWS * sizeof(matrixRow));

  /*initialize the array.*/
  for (i=0; i<=NUM_OF_ROWS; i++)
    *(*(matrix+i)+j)= 0;

This could be changed to use ufolk123's [][] matrix addressing if required.
In the previous post, change


Thank you very much for you inputs.
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