Thread: How can I improve this?

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    How can I improve this?

    I have the follow function that find a substr in a file. Mainly to perform lookups without loading file into memory.
    typedef std::pair<long,long> FindData;
    //Find position of requested substr
    FindData FindSubstr(const std::string& filename, const std::string& str)
        //Temporary xData structure to return
        std::pair<long,long> Temp(-1,-1);
        std::cout << "\n\nInitiating filestream for FindSubstr().\n";
        std::ifstream load(filename.c_str(),std::ios::binary);
        if ( !load.good() )
            std::cout << "-->Could not open filestream. Aborting...\n\n";
            return Temp;
        std::cout << "\nSearching file for substr. Please Wait...\n";
        //Find substr
        size_t bytes = 0;
        char byte;
        std::string Mem;
        while ( load.get(byte) )
            if ( Mem.length() >= str.length() )
            Mem += byte;
            //Check for match
            if ( Mem == str )
                std::cout << "-->Match found after " << bytes << " bytes.\n\n";
                Temp.first = bytes-Mem.length();
                Temp.second = bytes;
                return Temp;
        std::cout << "-->No match found.\n\n";
        return Temp;
    It works. I was just wondering what I could do to make it faster. Not really sure what to do. On files over about 3000kb you can notice the lookup. Files over 30mb it takes forever(30 seconds approx.)
    Thanks for any help or ideas.

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    Obviously, it's very inefficient to read and load one byte at a time.
    Last edited by Elysia; 04-19-2008 at 02:05 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    I have to admit that the limited buffering requirement is a bit tedious but there are faster algorithms out there. You could try implementing this one or several others, depending on how this will be used.

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