Linguz Linguz - 28 days ago 4x
C Question

Issue Freeing 2D Dynamic Memory

I'm unsure what the problem running this is. I know that if I remove the second for loop (where it is supposed to free the inner array), it runs fine.

int main(void)
int i;
char *board = malloc(sizeof(char *) * 8);
for (i=0; i<8; i++)
board[i] = malloc(sizeof(char *) * 8);

for (i=0; i<8; i++)
return 0;


The variable board is a pointer to char, i.e. much like a string. That means each "element" in board is a single character and not a pointer.

That means when you in the loop do

board[i] = malloc(sizeof(char *) * 8);

you will assign a pointer to a char, and not a char *.

You want to make board a pointer to pointers to char:

char **board = malloc(...)

Oh and by the way, you are allocating more than 8 characters for each string in the loop. You are allocating memory for 8 pointers. You should do e.g.

board[i] = malloc(sizeof(char) * 8);

Or, since sizeof(char) is always equal to 1

board[i] = malloc(8);

Furthermore, and I don't know if this applies to you, but remember that strings in C have a special terminator character at the end. So if you want a string of eight characters you need to make space for nine characters.