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Default char* argv to main - counting and termination

Should command line arguments have a null termination at the end?

The book I'm studying (Ivor Horton's Beginning C++) says they will, but my test of the code in his book shows that the null is not there.

Interestingly, in viewing the hex editor while debugging, I see that there is a "0" between each char array. For example, my command line is such:

"c:\myProgram.exe help me debug this"

then the char* array arguments, (char* argv[]) shows like this in the hex editor:

But none of these zeros are detectable in my loop, which looks for the 0 value to end looping.

corn-fused in Indiana,

code here:
#include <iostream>
using std::cout;
using std::endl;
int main(int argc, char* argv[])
  cout << endl;
  int i = 0;
  while(argv[i] != '\0')
    cout << (i+1) << ": " << *argv[i] << " and string: " << argv[i++] << endl;
  cout << "argc = " << argc << endl;
  cout << "sizeof char* argv[]= " << (sizeof argv) << endl;
  return 0;
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The cmd line args are passed to Main as an "array of pointers to cstrings". Therefore your code should be something like this to find the 0.

for ( int i=0; i< argc; i++)
  char* arg = argv[i];
  // arg now points to '\0'

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