Characters in Average cpp File

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    Question Characters in Average cpp File

    Hey, not exactly a programming question, but it pertains to a program I'm doing...hopefully not the wrong place for this

    Does anyone know where I can find the average number of characters per line in c++ source code? Not sure if this is really possible to find out..considering the variety in coding styles and such...If not maybe an estimate?

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    With or without whitespace? I just looked at a few files I had open and it ranged from 14 to 23 (without spaces) and 20 to 25 with spaces. I used MS Word's word count so however that counts characters is where those numbers came from.

    I have no idea where you might find that information, although you could write a program that calculates it and then download an open source project or two and run your program on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daved
    I have no idea where you might find that information, although you could write a program that calculates it and then download an open source project or two and run your program on it.
    I was going for with whitespace, that's a good idea though, might try that thanks, mate.

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    Daved: That treating tabs as one character or as 4 spaces (or what ever number of spaces you choose)?

    Personally most of my non-comment lines take up less than 40 chars (that is if you count tabs as 4 spaces each).

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    >> That treating tabs as one character or as 4 spaces.
    I don't know. It's Word so it might not have even treated a tab as one character. We keep tabs as tabs, so if they were converted to spaces it would probably make a noticable difference in the averages.

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