disable cout buffering

Posted on 1997-06-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
How can I disable the buffering of output from cout?

Thank you!
Question by:paulchen
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md041797 earned 50 total points
ID: 1163881

cout.setf (ios::unitbuf, 0);

This forces a buffer of 1 char, which is actually no buffer at all.


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ID: 1163882
hello md!

thank you for your answer.
unfortunately, it didn't work. it still gets all buffered and
output after program termination.


Expert Comment

ID: 1163883
I've never seen this before.  What platform/compiler?

BTW, I recall that cout is unitbuf by default.

Expert Comment

ID: 1163884
Does "cerr" behave like you want it to (ie. unbuffered?) If it does not, then the problem could be with the OS, not the libraries you are using. (cerr is tied to fd 2 (stderr) instead of fd 1 (stdout) and is supposed to be unbuffered, though both are based the same parent class (as far as I know, may be implementation dependant)).

"clog" is supposed to be an unbuffered "cerr".
How do they do it? (tracking this doen might help)

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