Thread: getline help

  1. #1
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    getline help

    Hello All,

    I am trying to read in a text file with the following format:


    All data is seperated by a comma. Once I have the data, I am trying to output only <char1> & <char2> until end of file.

    So, to get the data, I am using the getline function as follows:

    #include <fstream.h>
    #include <iostream.h>
    #include <iomanip.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    int main()
        char Circuit1[30], Circuit2[30], Conductor[30], Comments[50];
        int Line, Number;
        char FileName[20];
        cout << "Enter the name of the file you want to open: ";
        cin >> FileName;
        ifstream Table(FileName);
    		getline( Table, Line, ',' );
    		getline( Table, Circuit1, ',' );
    		getline( Table, Circuit2, ',' );
    		getline( Table, Conductor, ',' );
    		getline( Table, Comments, ',' );
    		Table >> Number;
    		Table.ignore( 200, '\n' );
    		cout << Circuit1 << "\t";
    		cout << Circuit2 << "\t" << endl;
        return 0;
    I get the following error, but not sure what I can do to fix it.

    'getline' : undeclared identifier.

    Any ideas?


  2. #2
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    getline() has two prototypes, one for STL strings and one for C-style strings (null terminated char arrays). You're trying to ue the version for STL strings on a C-style string. Try the other version:

    char buffer[30];
    //read line data into a char buffer
    Table.getline(buffer, 30, ',');
    //convert buffer into an int
    Line = atoi(buffer);
    //read the rest of the line into appropriate variables
    Table.getline(Circuit1, 30, ',');
    Table.getline(Circuit2, 30, ',');

  3. #3
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    Thanks...that did the trick!!

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    #include <fstream.h>
    #include <iostream.h>
    #include <iomanip.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    You really should be using the standard headers:
    #include <fstream>
    #include <iostream>
    #include <iomanip>
    #include <cstdlib>
    using namespace std;
    Bad idea. The eofbit is only set after you've tried and failed to read from a stream. The result is that you usually end up processing the last record from the stream twice. A better way is to use either an infinite loop and test for end-of-file within the loop body, or find some way of using the return value of your input function as a loop condition.
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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