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    It could also be array of pointers to arrays of strings. In any case, it would be sensible to wrap some of the layers with struct.

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      Was going to say exactly that — IMO having more than two layers of * is a code smell that one of those layers ought to be made a struct, or an array-wrapped-in-a-struct.

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      ***p has always given me nightmares and I always had to triple-check that section of code to ensure it did what it was supposed to do. ;-)

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        “Nobody uses 3 stars” looks at own code Oh no!

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          The infamous Three-Star programmer.