Multidimensional array as a flat array problem

I'm looking at two lines of code that somebody wrote and there is an exception in the 2nd one, however I don't understand why.

char** array = (char**) new char [2] [6]; std_strlprintf(array[0],6,"[%d]", num);

std_strlprintf is a Brew function that writes formatted output to a string. (num is an integral value which is 0)

Why is there an exception with this code, what's wrong with accessing the first elelment of the array as buff[0]?


EDIT: sorry there was a typo in my initial posting. Its corrected now. THis is the code that has the exception.


Two-dimensional array is not the same as array of pointers.

Your first statement creates two arrays of six chars each as a single memory block. Replace that statement with:

char (*array)[6] = new char [2][6];

and you'll be all set with your second statement. Don't forget to

delete [] array;

Edit 0:

Huh, I should've known :) To your question in the comment:

How should I subsequently pass array to a function that takes a char** as a parameter?

You don't. Not in this form. If you are building a list of parameters to some C API like execve(2), you have to go all the way with two-stage initialization:

// prototype of the function to call void my_fancy_func( int argc, char* const argv[] ); char** my_argv = new char*[my_argc]; for ( i = 0; i < my_argc; i++ ) { my_argv[i] = new char[arg_buffer_size]; snprintf( my_argv[i], arg_buffer_size, "%d", i ); } my_fancy_func( my_argc, my_argv );


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