problem with read line from ifstream file

Posted on 2003-02-28
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Last Modified: 2008-02-26
I have been trying to read lines (ascii chars with backspaces) from textfile (Squid access.log) using fstream:
  char log_line[255];
  ifstream log_file("access.log");

But if original line from file is like "1046385006.546   2001 192.168..." , then variable log_line is "1046385006.546".
How to read full line with BACKSPACES?
Question by:Ivaandr
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Expert Comment

ID: 8040895
1) Don't you mean BLANKS ?
2) use getline

char buf[256]; // max line in file
logfile.getline(buf, 256);
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nietod earned 200 total points
ID: 8040981
That is a good improvement, but an even better solution is to use the global getline, instead of the member getline.   The global getline will read a line of _any_ length and store it in a string object, like

sring log_line;
ifstream log_file("access.log");

   getline(log_file,log_line); // read a line of any length.


Author Comment

ID: 8062541
Good advice for using (string::)getline. And using (fstream::)getline is also accepted.
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Author Comment

ID: 8062567
Sorry, how to remove my current question?

Expert Comment

ID: 8063169
The questions are not removed, once you accept a comment as answer it turns into a PAQ for future reference.
So, you do not have to do anything more.

Expert Comment

ID: 12804551
I have a similar question...

I have to read in lines from a file and parse it to extract the data.

For example I read in a line "0 11 2 5", I can do this with a "getline", but then I have to assign 0 to a variable 11 to another variable, 2 to another and 5 to another. These variables are all of data type "int".

I've tried doing a "get" instead of "getline", but that reads in one character at a time. What I need is a way to read int. Any ideas or suggestions?


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