can't allocate memory even though have plenty

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    can't allocate memory even though have plenty

    I have a program with not many structures that need memory allocated for, in my opinion, however, half way through code execution when I try to allocate memory for a two-dimensional array using malloc, malloc returns NULL telling me that it couldn't allocate the memory.
    I have 768 MB of RAM on my system and when I run this program, there are over 380MB of RAM available. I'm not sure if there is another issue other than actual memory allocation causing this error, but it's driving me nuts! THanks for any help anyone can give me!

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    Here's the allocation command I'm using:

    cmpds[i].conformations[j].feature_dist = (double **)malloc(numfeats2*numfeats2*sizeof(double *));
    if (cmpds[i].conformations[j].feature_dist == NULL)
    {
    printf("Error allocating memory\n");
    return;
    }
    for ( z = 0; z < numfeats2*numfeats2; z++)
    {
    cmpds[i].conformations[j].feature_dist[z] = (double *)malloc(2*sizeof(double));
    if (cmpds[i].conformations[j].feature_dist[z] == NULL)
    {
    printf("Error allocating memory\n");
    return;
    }
    }

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    Well the numfeats variable is 8, so that's not real huge. The number of compounds(the i variable) is 13, and for each compound, there are potentially 100 conformation structures, each with its own two-dimensional array of size [numfeats*numfeats][2]. So, I guess that's 1300 possible two-dimensional arrays we're dealing with, but the thing is, I get the malloc error the first pass through for the first compound, the first conformation, so I've allocated the compounds and the conformation structures, but none of the ones we're talking about that error out.
    You know, it's funny, I'm primarily a Java programmer and this memory allocation issue with C/C++ drives me batty. I guess it was a benefit in the days when memory was godawful expensive, but today, it seems more hassle than it's worth. About 80% of my debugging time deals with memory allocation issues. But, enough ranting....

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