error C2872: 'ifstream' : ambiguous symbol

I'm getting this error in my Visual C++ project when I compile:

c:\TYVCPROG\PROGRAMS\NIC2\nic.cpp(62) : error C2872: 'ifstream' : ambiguous symbol
Error executing cl.exe.

Here's the part of the files thats causing the problem:

#include <afx.h>
#include "spellAPI.h"
#include <string.h>
#include <fstream.h>
#include "Node.h"

//opens the text file for input as inDictFile
  ifstream inDictFile(PathName,ios::in)


Any ideas wht I'm getting ifstream as ambiguous? Does it have anything to do with the includes for iostream.h and fstream.h?
Pls help!
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>> Does it have anything to do with the
>> includes for iostream.h and fstream.h?
Yes.  Those are older "new" include files.  Switch to the versions without the .h files <iostream> and <fstream> and the problem will go away.


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One difference will be that the include files you used try to place their contents in the global namespace and the proper include files (the ones I suggested) place them in the "std" namespace.  (The ones you were using, use the ones I suggest and that is what leads to this problem at times.)  So when you switch to the files I suggested, you will find that all the classes etc are now in the "std" namespace, so you will either have to proceed the names with "std::" like

std::fstream Fil;

or you will have to use a using declaration like

using namespace std;

to tell the compiler to use all the contents of the std namespace.
nicolacAuthor Commented:
Thanks a million. :)
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