Thread: help with file i/o

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    help with file i/o

    I have a file called accounts.txt that I am trying to read information from. An example of the contents are:

    C A 25.00
    D B 5.00
    C B 6.00
    C A 3.00

    The real size of the file is not known, other than there are 3 columns, two char and one double. I need to put all of the data into 3 different arrays. When I read from the file, will the data be read from top to bottom like I want it? Also, how can I tell when I am at the bottom of the column and how do I switch to the other column? Thanx.

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    This file is in text format, I assume? Does it have to be? Text I/O sucks.

    Best bet would probably be to read the file one line at a time and parse what you get into the three separate columns. Just check for EOF when reading to know when you've reach the End... Of File.
    "There's always another way"
    -lightatdawn (

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    use streams (in fstream), use vectors (in the STL).

    have a stream read data into a buffer, and if the data is legit, create a new entry in the vector to hold the data.

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    The file will be read from left to right, not top to bottom. Here is an example using c++ streams.
    #include <iostream>
    #include <fstream>
    using namespace std;
    int main(void)
       char a[300];
       char b[300];
       double c[300];
       int n, i;
       ifstream in("values.txt");
       if (!in)
          cout << "File not found." << endl;
          return 0;
       n = 0;
       while (in >> a[n] >> b[n] >> c[n])
       for (i=0; i<n; i++)
          cout << a[i] << " " << b[i] << " " << c[i] << endl;
       return 0;

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