expected primary expressio before const

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    expected primary expressio before const

    Code:
        case 2:
            cout << "\n Generating an eight number string...";
            numbers[0] = rand() % 9 + 0;
            numbers[1] = rand() % 9 + 0;
            numbers[2] = rand() % 9 + 0;
            numbers[3] = rand() % 9 + 0;
            numbers[4] = rand() % 9 + 0;
            numbers[5] = rand() % 9 + 0;
            numbers[6] = rand() % 9 + 0;
            numbers[7] = rand() % 9 + 0;
            strcat(rand_numb[0], const char*(numbers[0]));
            strcat(rand_numb[1], const char*(numbers[1]));
            strcat(rand_numb[2], const char*(numbers[2]));
            strcat(rand_numb[3], const char*(numbers[3]));
            strcat(rand_numb[4], const char*(numbers[4]));
            strcat(rand_numb[5], const char*(numbers[5]));
            strcat(rand_numb[6], const char*(numbers[6]));
            strcat(rand_numb[7], const char*(numbers[7])); 
            generate_password();
    I want to convert the numbers array (an int value) into a const char* array in order to add the string to rand_numb char array. When I try this it says expected primary expressio before "const". Don't know if it matters but I am using Dev-C++ (with MinGW) for my compiler.

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    You probably want to do a C-style cast, but since the destination type is consists of two words, you would need to use parentheses. However, I suspect that you are on the wrong track: you probably do not want to use strcat, and probably want to do this instead, where I demonstrate the use of static_cast instead of a C-style cast, and fix your +0 bug to +'0':
    Code:
    cout << "\n Generating an eight number string...";
    rand_numb[0] = static_cast<char>(rand() % 9 + '0');
    rand_numb[1] = static_cast<char>(rand() % 9 + '0');
    rand_numb[2] = static_cast<char>(rand() % 9 + '0');
    rand_numb[3] = static_cast<char>(rand() % 9 + '0');
    rand_numb[4] = static_cast<char>(rand() % 9 + '0');
    rand_numb[5] = static_cast<char>(rand() % 9 + '0');
    rand_numb[6] = static_cast<char>(rand() % 9 + '0');
    rand_numb[7] = static_cast<char>(rand() % 9 + '0');
    generate_password();
    Though why are you not passing rand_numb to generate_password()?
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    Though why are you not passing rand_numb to generate_password()?
    I probably forget, it was late at night.

    Thank you very much for your help.

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