What is the easiest way to fill a storage array?

uint[4]  temp;
temp = [1,2,3,4];
>> TypeError: Type uint8[4] memory is not implicitly convertible to expected type uint256[4] storage pointer

As far as I understand the first line is read as a storage variable declaration, but inplace array assignment is applicable only to memory variables.

Is there a way to fill temp with specific numbers except for element-by-element assignment?

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Not sure I follow your use case, but I think this has some examples of what you might be trying to do:

pragma solidity ^0.4.19;
contract Test {
   // A an array held in contract storage (permanent)
   uint[3] storage_array;

   function getArray() public view returns(uint[3]){
       return storage_array;

    * This initializes a temporary array and then copies it into
    * the contract's permanent storage ref (storage_array).
   function setArray() public {
       uint[3] memory tmp = [uint(1),2,3];
       storage_array =tmp;

   /* This initializes a temporary array that only lives
    * its life inside the method
   function fillTemp() public returns (uint[3]) {
       uint[3] memory tmp = [uint(1),2,3];
       return tmp;


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