Thread: Letter count

  1. #1

    Letter count

    Hi all,

    I'm supposed to write a program that counts the number of characters, words, and lines in a text file


    #include <iostream.h>
    #include <fstream.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>

    int main ()
    ifstream inFile ("file.txt" , ios::in);

    if (!inFile){
    cerr<<"File could not be opened / Does not exist";
    exit (1);

    char character, word[30];
    int letters=0,
    lines = 0;

    while (inFile>>character){
    if (character == '/n')

    while (!EOF){
    cout<<"The number of letters in this file -without spaces- are: "<<letters<<endl;
    cout<<"The number of lines is: "<<lines<<endl;
    cout<<"The number of words is : "<<words<<endl;
    return 0;


    The program does count the letters correctly, but the number of lines and words stay the same, how come?

  2. #2
    Programming is fun, mkay?
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    Oct 2001

    Arrow Well for one...

    Well, on this line of your code:

    if (character == '/n')

    I don't know if it matters but I think '/n' should be '\n'


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  3. #3
    and when you check the first time for letters or new lines, your file pointer will stay at the end, so he will neverenter your last while loop. I think (not sure)you have to set it back to the beginning of the file. you can do this with fseek. I've never used it, but this is a code sample from the msvc help:
    fseek( stream, 23L, SEEK_SET);

    but this is just a thought, not really sure about this

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