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C++ question - using ifstream

Posted on 2001-06-09
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If I use this statement:

cout<<"File Name >";
cin>>filename;
ifstream input("filename.dat", ios::nocreate);

and the user inputs a file name that doesn't exist
is there a way to allow the user to enter the name again? The program halts if the file name is incorrect.  I have tried putting this in a loop, but it seems like the program fails so it halts.  Do I have to use exception handling?
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Question by:fmora060901
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Try something like:

ifstream input;

while(true)
{
  cout << "File Name >";
  cin >> filename;
  input.clear(); // Clear the last failure flags
  input.open(filename, ios::nocreate);
  if(! input)
    cout << "There was an error opening that file";
  else
    break;
}
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