Why it's not safe to cast `char **` to `const char **`? [duplicate]


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Compile this program:

#include <stdio.h> void main() { char *s = "helo"; char **sp = &s; const char **csp = sp; const char *cs = *csp; printf("%s\n", cs); }

get the warning:

cc.c: In function ‘main’: cc.c:6:24: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type [enabled by default] const char **csp = sp;


char **sp


sp is a pointer to pointer to char and sp, *sp, and **sp are all mutable


const char **csp


csp is a pointer to pointer to const char and, csp and *csp are mutable but **csp is const


Now lets see why const char** csp = sp is not safe.

const char Imconst = 'A'; char* ImMutable; const char** ImConstPtr = &ImMutable; // This is illegal but if it is allowed *ImConstPtr = &Imconst; *ImMutable = '1'; // We are trying to assign to "Imconst"

Hope this clears the doubt.


The warning is because char ** and const char ** are not equivalent. To be correct, you could fix the prototype (callee), or fix the caller (const char *).

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