read file list into array

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    read file list into array

    what i want to do is get a list of the files and folders within a folder and put the list in an array
    i was able to do it in VB.NET and it was easy... but now i want to do it with C.
    i know i could do it with something like

    Code:
    system("ls >> file_list")
    ...read the file list into an array
    is there a way to take out that step and just read a list of all the folders and files directly into an array?
    I dont know what to call what Im trying to do, so if someone could just point me in the right direction i'm not scared of reading about it
    thanks

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    A start:
    FAQ > How do I... (Level 3) > Accessing a directory and all the files within it
    7. It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
    40. There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.*

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