Opening ASCII files in C?

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    Opening ASCII files in C?

    How do I open, read and write ASCII files?

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    An ASCII file is only a text file with a specific character encoding. You can apply the C File I/O tutorial and read the file as a normal text file.

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    fopen()
    fgets()
    fclose()
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    Is there any other way to read/write ASCII files without using fopen and fclose?

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    Sure, use open and close, but I don't see why you'd want to. fopen and fclose are your standard methods of using files in C.


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    fopen and fclose open and close files.
    fread / fwrite / fgets / fputs / fgetc / fputc do the actual reading and writing.

    Anything else is slipping into non portability.

    I suppose you could open "/dev/hda" if you want to be extreme.
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    Anything else is slipping into non portability.
    Well, besides getc() and putc(), of course.

    getc() and putc() are equivalent to fgetc() and fputc(), but are usually implemented as macros instead of functions; so the might be slightly faster, but don't pass them an argument like "c++", because it could be evaluated several times.
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