An array and the command line arguments in C programming



Compiler: Visual C++ Express Edition 2005

Compiled on Platform: Windows XP Pro SP2

Header file: Standard

Additional library: none/default

Additional project setting: Set project to be compiled as C

Project -> your_project_name Properties -> Configuration Properties -> C/C++ -> Advanced -> Compiled As: Compiled as C Code (/TC)

Other info: This program must be run at command prompt

To do: Testing the strcpy_s() function execution and storing input in an array

To show: Array and the command line arguments C program example




// Command line arguments

#include <stdio.h>

#include <string.h>

#include <stdlib.h>


int main(int argc, char *argv[])


// reserve 5 byte of buffer, should allocate 8 bytes = 2 double words, to overflow, need more than 8 bytes...

// so, if more than 8 characters input by user, there will be access violation, segmentation fault etc

char mybuffer[5];


// a prompt how to execute the program...

if(argc < 2)


printf("strcpy_s() NOT executed....\n");

printf("Syntax: %s <characters>\n", argv[0]);



//copy the user input to mybuffer...

strcpy_s(mybuffer, 5, argv[1]);

printf("mybuffer content= %s\n", mybuffer);

printf("strcpy_s() executed...\n");


return 0;



Output example:

(run at the command prompt)




strcpy_s() NOT executed....

Syntax: myaddr <characters>

F:\vc2005project\myaddr\debug>myaddr text

mybuffer content= text

strcpy_s() executed...




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