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initializing multidimentional arrays

initializing multidimentional arrays

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Could somebody please help me, it’s all just getting a little to frustrating!!

I was initially working with a long .c file.  Within this file I had declared a global char variable of month, with the following syntax…

char month[13][4] = { "", "Jan", "Feb", "Mar", "Apr", "May", "Jun", "Jul", "Aug", "Sep", "Oct", "Nov", "Dec" };

It worked just fine, declared initialised etc everything knows where to go.

I then fiddled the program to make it modular.  Therefore month is declared in the .h file.

When I subsequently try to initialise the array in the main method I just get a syntax error.

I’m trying to initialise it by writing….

month[1][ ] = “Jan”;
month[2][ ] = “Feb”;
etc

Is this completely wrong??  

RE: initializing multidimentional arrays

Yes, you can not do it like that. You have to use a string related function like a stringcopy or sprintf. Using sprintf like this.

sprintf(month[1],"%s","Jan");

RE: initializing multidimentional arrays

Instead of declaring the character layout, declare month to be an array of pointers:

   char *month[12];

Then in the routine where you want to initialize the values,

   month[0] = "Jan";

or equivalent programming.  You can assign the pointer; you cannot assign a character array.

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