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I'm new to Delphi and would like to know how to read a text file into a string.  It has to be fast because the file it's reading could be over 5 MB's.

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by:inthe
ID: 1349456
hi,
use loadfromfile with begin and end update ie:

application.processmessages;
memo1.lines.beginupdate;
memo1.lines.loadfromfile(c:\autoexec.bat);
memo1.lines.enupdate;

a good way to load a large file is to show a splash screen while its loading
Barry

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by:inthe
ID: 1349457
quick syntax check...


memo1.lines.beginupdate;
application.processmessages;
memo1.lines.loadfromfile('c:\autoexec.bat');
memo1.lines.endupdate;

Barry

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by:dokken
ID: 1349458
I already know how to load it into a memo and rich text box... but I only want it load into a string.  The file is going to get very big, so I don't want any limitations or anything slowing it down.
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by:dokken
ID: 1349459
Or, what might be better, if the rich text box's savetofile can save the text as text and not RTF and handle over 200,000 lines.
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by:inthe
ID: 1349460
hi
sorry ok what about

var
mystring:tstringlist;
begin
mystring:=tstringlist.create;
mystring.loadfromfile('c:\autoexec.bat');
{do whatever with your string}
end

this will read your file into 'mystring' im memory and should be quite fast enough, the size wont be a prob stringlists can handle up to 2gig.
is this more on the right lines for your question?
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by:dokken
ID: 1349461
Thats works great, put it as the answer so I can give you the points.

Thanks.
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by:Madshi
ID: 1349462
Or is it this what you want? It's the fastest way I can think of...

function LoadStrFromFile(filename: string; var str: string) : boolean;
var s1 : TFileStream;
begin
  result:=false;
  if not fio_FileExists(filename) then exit;
  s1:=TFileStream.Create(filename,fmOpenRead or fmShareDenyNone);
  try
    SetLength(str,s1.Size);
    s1.Read(PChar(str)^,s1.Size);
  finally s1.Free end;
  result:=true;
end;

Regards, Madshi.
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inthe earned 80 total points
ID: 1349463
as awnser:
var
mystring:tstringlist;
begin
mystring:=tstringlist.create;
mystring.loadfromfile('c:\autoexec.bat');
{do whatever with your string}
end

Barry
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