Thread: read() returns invalid file descriptor ???

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    Unhappy read() returns invalid file descriptor ???

    FILE *mysql;
    mysql = fopen("mysql.txt","rw");
    char buffer[1000];
    if (read(mysql,buffer,sizeof(buffer)) > 0) {
           printf ("%s\n",buffer);
    how can this be explained? what am i doing wrong?
    read(134520840, 0xbfbea748, 1000) = -1 EBADF (Bad file descriptor)

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    Lurking whiteflags's Avatar
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    You need to use fread() instead. To be short, file I/O functions come in groups. read() works best if you used open() to get a file descriptor from it. You used fopen(), which is fine.

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    read() is not a standard function in the C/C++ library.

    It is (IIRC) a windows and unix specific function. It does not accept an argument that is a pointer to a FILE: the argument is typically an integer which is a file descriptor returned by a function named open().

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    Registered User Micko's Avatar
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    You should try to use something like this:
    fread (buffer, sizeof buffer, 1, mysql);
    if you want to read file line by line then I suggest using fgets function!
    Last edited by Micko; 08-04-2006 at 06:49 AM.
    Gotta love the "please fix this for me, but I'm not going to tell you which functions we're allowed to use" posts.
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    and the hat of int overfl Salem's Avatar
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    > mysql = fopen("mysql.txt","rw");
    Read the manual again, "rw" isn't a valid mode.
    Also look up the perror() function which will print a wordy description of why various things fail.

    Also as noted, you're using read() where you should be using fread()
    (Or fopen() where you should be using open())
    Either way, make them match up with one another.
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