Hello guys,
I have this function:

void swap(char **a, char **b) {
char *tmp=*a;

int main() {
char *str1="aaa";
char *str2="bbb";
swap((char **)&str1, (char**)&str2);
return 0;

The program runs and really swaps the two strings.
I don't understand why we send (char**)&str1 and (char**)&str2 as an arguments.
And when doing *a in the function... what do we really get? The str1 string? or the pointer to it?

Can somebody explain what is going here?


You have to pass the memory location that contains the pointers to the cstrings. If you think about it, it makes sense.

Here's a big hint. If you were to define your function like below

void swap(char *a, char *b);

What would happen when you call it? It would create two temp variables char *a and char *b which would store the pointers to the cstrings...now when we swap them and the functions returns char *str1 and char *str2 remain unaffected. Why? because char *str1 and char *str2 have they're own copies of the cstring pointer values...

Thanks gerard4143! that helped..
one thing I want to be sure about it.. what is the (char **) before the &str1 and &str2?


what is the (char **) before the &str1 and &str2?

It's an unnecessary type cast. You're forcing &str1 and &str2 into the type between parens (a type that they already have).