Thread: ignore after getline

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    ignore after getline

    Hi all,

    after googling a bit, i found out, that ignore after getline is not necessary, however, i had the following code:
    cout << "Enter your name: ";
    getline(cin, name);
    // cin.ignore();
    cout << "Enter your age: ";
    cin >> age;
    if i keep the "cin.ignore(), and after entering a name and pressing ENTER, i don't get the "Enter your age" message until i press ENTER again. W
    WHat happens there exactly? why is execution is stopped there, like it's waiting for an ENTER?

    thanks in advance

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    You're reading an entire line, then you're reading more input to ignore it, before you print the next prompt.

    So when the user enters their name, you're still waiting for them to enter something else so you can discard it before you prompt them for their age.
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    understood, so i cannot ignore "Nothing", the program needs something to ignore
    thanks a lot

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