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Posted on 2003-11-19
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I used:

std::cin >> someStdStringVar;

and then I follow it up with another prompt and

std::cin.getline(someCharArray,maxCharsToExtract);

If you've used std::cin frequently you'll know that this won't work. There are still characters left in the buffer (2 in my case) and my bet is that they are the \r\n pair not stored into someStdStringVar previously.

The only way I managed to get them out of there was to add another getline() call before the one I'm interested in.

I tried std::cin.seekg(0,std::ios_base::end); and also std::cin.ignore(INFINITE); before the call to getline() but both caused the following call to getline() to fail to block while waiting for input and filled the buffer with nothing.

I don't mind calling getline() and extra time, but it seems crude. Why is seekg() not working as I expect it to?

thanks,
-Sandra

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I would guess that
std::cin.ignore (INFINITE, '\n');
should work. From cin I wouldn't expect any EOF since it is a stream but not a file.
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by:Sandra-24
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Nope does the same as the rest :(

Using cin is not as simple as it looks.
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by:Hoegje
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maybe this will help :

std::cin.flush(); // flush the complete stream

Not sure though !
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This works for me, Sandra:
--------8<--------
#include <iostream>
#include <limits>

int main()
{
        std::string str1,str2;
        using std::cin;
        const int INFINITE = std::numeric_limits<int>::max();

        cin >> str1;
        cin.ignore(INFINITE,'\n');
        getline(cin,str2);
        std::cout << "str1 [" << str1 << "]\nstr2 [" << str2 << "]\n";
}
--------8<--------

Can you post a simple example of your problem?
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by:Sandra-24
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You guys are right. The trouble was that I didn't define INFINITE in my program. Ordinarily that would prevent it from compiling, but it worked because a define of INFINITE does exist 0xFFFFFFFF which proabably wrapped to a negative number (or so I'm guessing). At any rate it's working now, thanks!
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