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cin.peek() & cin.seekg() in a for loop??

Posted on 2003-11-05
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Why doesn't the for loop advance the read position of the cin stream via the seekg()line, so that I can test each character via cin.peek()???

bool success = true;
charar invalidChar = '\0';
double operand = NULL;
string discard;
cout<< "Please enter an operand --> ";

for(int n = 0; success == true && cin.peek() != '\n'; n++)
{
   invalidChar = cin.peek();
   if(!isdigit(invalidChar))
         if(!(invalidChar == '.'))
            success = false;
   cin.seekg((n+1), ios::beg);
}
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Question by:smconvey
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by:jkr
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>>advance the read position of the cin stream

Err, why would you want to do that? 'Advancing' cin is sort of an oxymoron. Why don't you just

for(int n = 0; success == true && invalidChar != '\n'; n++)
{
  cin >> invalidChar;
  if(!isdigit(invalidChar))
        if(!(invalidChar == '.'))
           success = false;
}
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by:smconvey
ID: 9689970
I'm trying to read in a double, but I wanted to test it first. By peeking at and testing each character, I still have it in the cin stream to be able to read it into operand if it is valid. If I do it your way, the potential operand is gone (dicarded a character at a time). I am a student, and I am trying to learn to use the peek and seekg methods.
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by:jkr
ID: 9690008
Ah, OK, that makes sense. 'seekg()' won't be able to advance 'cin' as there is no further input past the current stream position So, using

for(int n = 0; success == true && cin.peek() != '\n'; n++)
{
  invalidChar = cin.peek();
  if(!isdigit(invalidChar))
        if(!(invalidChar == '.'))
           success = false;
 cin >> invalidChar;
}

will make it work.
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by:smconvey
ID: 9690086
cout<< "Please enter an operand --> ";

If I would have entered 35.68 to the above prompt, why wouldn't seekg have moved the read position incrementally with each iteration of the for loop so that peek could validate each of the characters until the newline is reached, and if success cin>>operand?

for(int n = 0; success == true && cin.peek() != '\n'; n++)
{
   invalidChar = cin.peek();
   if(!isdigit(invalidChar))
         if(!(invalidChar == '.'))
            success = false;
   cin.seekg((n+1), ios::beg);
}
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by:jkr
ID: 9690194
>>If I would have entered 35.68 to the above prompt, why wouldn't seekg have moved the read position
>>incrementally

Because you are not giving it a chance to do so - your code is executed even *before* the '3' is entered.
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jkr earned 500 total points
ID: 9690300
Hum, if you want to learn "learn to use the peek and seekg methods", try using a stringstream for that purpose:

#include <sstream>
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

//...

bool success = true;
char invalidChar = '\0';
double operand = NULL;
string discard;
cout<< "Please enter an operand --> ";

char ac [ 256];
cin >> ac;

stringstream ss;

ss << ac;

for(int n = 0; success == true && cin.peek() != '\n'; n++)
{
  invalidChar = ss.peek();
  if(!isdigit(invalidChar))
        if(!(invalidChar == '.'))
           success = false;
  ss.seekg((n+1), ios::beg);
}
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by:smconvey
ID: 9690331
I just tried emailing you at XRKFNDZEMORB@spammotel.com as indicated in your profile, but I'm not sure if it is current. Can I call you to discuss? I'm confused on a few points.
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by:jkr
ID: 9690414
The email address is correct. Are you sure you want to make long distance call to good ole europe? BTW, gonna leave for lunch soon anyway :o)
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by:havman56
ID: 9694286

there are two seekg functions are there

basic_istream<charT,traits>& seekg(off_type, ios_base::seekdir);
basic_istream<charT,traits>& seekg(off_type);

you are using the first one . so std::ios::beg will initialise the stream pointer ate beg
so seekg(n+1,std::ios:beg)
will make ur pointer to not to move i feel so

firts initialise with std::ios::beg but later use only seekg(n+1)
use only seekg(n+1)

i hope it will work





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by:havman56
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check also std::isspace
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by:smconvey
ID: 9695235
Thanks, but I had to move on. I have already changed my code to accomplish my goal another way. My project was due.
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