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Most of the time, you won’t need to access the underlying data buffer of a vector. However, there are exceptional circumstances under which accessing the raw memory buffer is needed. Here's how you can do it portably.
Suppose you have a vector of int and function that takes int *. To obtain the address of the internal array of the vector vec use the expressions &v or &*v.front(). For example:
void f(const int arr, std::size_t len);
vector <int> vec;
//.. fill vec
The C++03 Standard guarantees that vector elements shall occupy contiguous memory so the address of the first element is also the address of the entire array. Notice that some implementations also offer a vector::data() member function which returns the address of the internal vector buffer. However, data() isn't portable.
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