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I have program which takes the input from a user and append the string of characters to the output file.
The code is as follows

//SIZE is defined as 256.

case 2:
      /* Menu choice 2 will ask the user for an output
         file name and expect the user to enter a line
         of characters to be appended to the file. Of
         course, the line of character cannot exceed 256
         characters.
      */
      cout << "Enter the name of the output file.\n";
      cin >> OutputFile;
      OpenFileAppend (outFile, OutputFile);
                  
      cout << "Input the line you want to write to the file.\n"
             << "Note that the length of the line cannot exceed 256 characters.\n";

      char temp[SIZE];
      cin.getline (temp, SIZE);

      /* Write the string of characters to the output file, then
         close the file.
      */
      outFile << temp;
      outFile.close();
                        
      break;

This switch statement is inside a while loop. So after the break, the program will display the menu again.

Now, the problem is when I try to run this code, the program will display the menu right after I have entered
the output file name. It seems to somehow ignore the       cin.getline (temp, SIZE); and goes to the next line right after
it.

Here is what the output looks like.

***********************************************************
Enter your choice:
 1 to copy one text file to another.
 2 to open a text file for input, text will be appended to the file.
 3 to end this program.

Your choice is ?

2
Enter the name of the output file.
output.txt
Input the line you want to write to the file.
Note that the length of the line cannot exceed 256 characters.


Enter your choice:
 1 to copy one text file to another.
 2 to open a text file for input, text will be appended to the file.
 3 to end this program.

Your choice is ?

***********************************************************
It does not wait for me to enter the line.  I cannot find out what is wrong with my code.
So please help me debug it.

Thanks!
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dhyanesh earned 200 total points
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hi

use cin.ignore(1) after you accept the file name in OutputFile.

This will ignore the '\n' character the user enters when entering the file name.

This is what is stored in temp when you try to use cin.getline()

Dhyanesh
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by:UltimateApocalypse
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Thanks for your help!!
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