# C language (invalid pointer)! I thought I had mastered C, but I didn’t expect to be on the first level!

Time：2021-12-30

I used to think that C language was deep into the bone marrow for me, and all the grammatical details were already familiar to me. I didn’t understand it until I met a written test question, a crazy written test question.

Pattern, Tucson! Hey, I’m still too young.

The code of the original question is complex and I can’t remember it, but the key grammar points of the assessment are as follows:

//Invalid pointer

int main(void)

{

void (*p)(); // Defines a pointer

int a = 100;

p = &a; / / make the pointer P point to a

printf(“a: %d\n”, *p); // Output the value of the target of P (i.e. a)

}

Here are the output results:

a: – 3495729482452 (garbled)

The output result is obviously a garbled code, but what is this garbled code? We will modify the source code slightly:

//Invalid pointer

int main(void)

{

void (*p)(); // Defines a pointer

int a = 100;

p = &a; / / make the pointer P point to a

printf(“*p: %#x\n”, *p); / / output the value of the target of P (i.e. a) in hexadecimal

}

Here are the output results:

&a:0xbfb4788

*p: 0xbfb4788

The two outputs are exactly the same! You know, the address of a is stored in P, that is, P is equal to 0xbfb4788, but * P should be the target of P, that is, 100, but why is it still an address?

Change the code again:

//Invalid pointer

int main(void)

{

void (*p)(); // Defines a pointer

int a = 100;

p = &a; / / make the pointer P point to a

printf(“p: %#x\n”, p); / / output the address stored by pointer P in hexadecimal

printf(“*p: %#x\n”, *p); / / output the target of pointer P (i.e. a) in hexadecimal

printf(“**p: %#x\n”, **p); / / output something that should not be output!

}

Here are the output results:

p: 0xbfb4788

*p: 0xbfb4788

**p:0xbfb4788

I can’t believe my eyes. In this code, the pointer P seems to be evil, and the dereference * doesn’t work on it. No matter how many * are added in front of P, I can’t get the target of P, that is, the value of a!

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