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# Double dimensional array formula *(*(arr+i)+j) confusion

Posted on 2003-12-12

Ok, we all know since time in memorial that double dimensional arrays are essentinally pointers to pointers and arr[i][j] is equivalent to *(*(arr+i)+j) where address of arr is de-referenced twice to get to the location desired. But, when u check memory address given by arr, it points to a linear sequence where all values of all dimensions are placed side-by-side. So, the first time u de-reference *(arr+i) u get the value at this address which is basically a 'value in array' instead of an address of an array, and so when this expression is dereferenced second time it should crash. Why is this and why do we all believe in the pointer-to-pointer interpretation of 2D array when its all values and not addresses??