dongshan4316 2017-03-01 11:29
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Background: using cgo to call C functions from Golang.

I want to use a C function which has this signature: int f(int *count, char ***strs). It will modify the data of count and strs, which is the reason why it uses pointer to them. The value of count is the length of strs; strs is an array of string; the return value is simply an (boolean) indicator which states whether there is an error or not.

In golang, I can successfully pass and modify count by using C.f((*; pass []string by using []*C.char. Sample code is like this:

#include <stdio.h>
int f(int *c, char **str) {
    int i;
", *c);
    for (i = 0; i < *c; i++) {
", str[i]);
    *c = (*c) + 1;
    return 1;
import "C"
func go_f(strs []string) int {
    count := len(strs)
    c_count :=

    c_strs := make([]*C.char, count)
    for index, value := range strs {
        c_strs[index] = C.CString(value)

    err := C.f(&c_argc, (**C.char)(&c_argv[0]))
    return int(err)

As you can see, the C function is currently int f(int *c, char **str), but what I'd like is int f(int *c, char ***str).

This is to say: what I actually want is to enable the modification to the string array (e.g. resize) in C and turn it back to a Go string slice so I can still use it in Go.

How to do this? I've searched and experimented for a while but with no luck.

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  • dpnw86361 2017-03-01 14:05

    A Go slice is both allocated in Go, and a different data structure than a C array, so you can't pass it to a C function (cgo will also prevent you from doing this because a slice contains a Go pointer)

    You need to allocate the array in C in order to manipulate the array in C. Just like with C.CString, you will also need to track where to free the outer array, especially if the C function may possibly allocate a new array.

    cArray := C.malloc(C.size_t(c_count) * C.size_t(unsafe.Sizeof(uintptr(0))))
    // convert the C array to a Go Array so we can index it
    a := (*[1<<30 - 1]*C.char)(cArray)
    for index, value := range strs {
        a[index] = C.CString(value)
    err := C.f(&c_count, (***C.char)(unsafe.Pointer(&cArray)))
    本回答被题主选为最佳回答 , 对您是否有帮助呢?



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