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int main()
int a=1;
int *p;
how do the following statements differ
1) p=&a;

2) *p=&a;

3) p=a;

4) printf("%d",p);

5) printf("%d",*p);

and what does int **a mean

  • computer -

    1) p points to a
    2) the address of a is stored where p is pointing
    3) p points to memory address 1
    4) prints the address stored in p
    5) prints the integer pointed to by p

  • computer -

    Hello Ray :)

    (Sorry if i have a bad English)

    - int a = 1 : You declared an integer variable, (imagine that is a box that contain the value 1 : [1].

    -int *p : You declared a pointer of integer . When we declare a pointer we need to put * before the variable . But * have an other meaning, when we use the pointers :

    Imgine that p is an arrow that indicate integer boxes ->[int ?]. p will contain the address of the box, and *p allows us to see what's in the box .

    1] Imagine that we give to "p" the address of "a", than the pointer p "->" will move and stuck to the box "a" like this : ->[ 1] "

    2]we put into the box that was pointed by "p ->[?int]" the location of a . ( useless :) )

    3] p will point to another memory slot, and we give to him an other box [] (in these case it will change nothing :) : p will point the same box "a" )

    And like Steve said :

    4] prints the address stored in p
    5] prints the integer pointed to by p

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