Why is an array name a constant pointer in c and c plus plus?

An array's name is not a constant pointer; it's not even a pointer! An array name is a reference to the array itself. Unlike pointers, references have no memory of their own, therefore a reference cannot be constant (only what it refers to can be constant). A reference is nothing more than an alias for a memory address. Since there is no separate storage for references, you cannot reassign references while they remain in scope. So, in that sense, it behaves like a constant pointer. But a pointer is a variable, so even if declared const, it requires memory of its own in order to store the memory address it points to.


int a[10];

int * const p = a; // const pointer

assert( *p &a ); would cause an assertion. Likewise, assert( p != &p); proves that p must reside in a separate memory address from that referred to by a. It has to: pointers are variables even when they are declared const.