Thread: newbie question reguarding safe practice of file io

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    newbie question reguarding safe practice of file io

    what im wondering about is can I read files, without worrying about destroying data?

    Below is a snippet out of tutorial 10 file io, it says I have too be careful of destroying data, does this account for any type of stream? or is it just input stream that writes too the file?

    This will open the file without destroying the current contents and allow you to append new data. When opening files, be very careful not to use them if the file could not be opened. This can be tested for very easily:

    ifstream a_file ( "example.txt" );
    if ( !a_file.is_open() ) {
      // The file could not be opened
    else {
      // Safely use the file stream

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    It applies to ostreams, since by default, they will truncate an existing file.
    An istream will fail if the input file does not exist.

    "Safely" using them if it could not be opened is another thing entirely.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

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    The danger it's warning you about is that files opened for output only will erase the existing file contents unless explicitly told not to.

    This sounds like the issue is greatly overblown. You only need to do the thing that makes sense, not take extra care to avoid some special traps.
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