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I wanted to know, if its possible to create an array_of_strings and send it to a C++ program, which has an argument string array_of_strings[]?

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Gilles's answer gives you 90% of it, but the rest is on bash to do right.

$ arr=(foo bar 'Hello World!')
$ ./foo "${arr[@]}"
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All programs receive an array of strings as its arguments. In C++, the arguments are the argv parameter of the main function. The first element of that array is the name of the program, the others are the arguments that you pass.

$ cat foo.cpp
#include <iostream>
int main (int argc, char *argv[]) {
    for (int i = 1; i < argc; i++)
        std::cout << argv[i] << std::endl;
    return 0;
$ g++ -o foo foo.cpp
$ ./foo hello world
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I wanted to mean, not writing it explicitly, rather save strings in a bash array, and send it to a C++ function. – MiNdFrEaK Sep 24 '12 at 0:57

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