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using structure with pointers

using structure with pointers

using structure with pointers


Compiling on windows using GNC GCC Codeblocks.

I have a structure as follows.

I am using wondering if this is the correct way to assign a value to the index which is a pointer.


struct lineService
    int lineNumber;
    char lineName[80];
    int *index;
} line1;

int lineIndex = 10;
line1.index = lineIndex;

Just another question. Is there any response to having a pointer like this? What is the most common situation where one would be used?

Many thanks,


RE: using structure with pointers

No, your compiler should be giving you some sort of warning about that.

I'm not sure what you want to do or what that struct is used for, but you need to assign a pointer to a pointer, not an int to a pointer.  Either of these will work:


line1.index = &lineIndex;


line1.index = malloc( sizeof(int) );
*(line1.index) = lineIndex;

RE: using structure with pointers


Your technique worked for me. I have tried both.

However, I am just experimenting with struct's and wondering when you would normally use a pointer liket his?



RE: using structure with pointers

Two common things you'd use pointers for in a struct would be to point to the next node in a linked list, or to have a variable sized array that is created at runtime.

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