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Hi,

I have a function in a class called (Account) which loads information from a file.  Here is the code...

void Account::verifyAcct() {

      bool exit = false;
      int pinFile = 0;

      do {

      lower();
      center("Please enter your four digit account number: ");
      cout << endl << setw(37) << " ";
      acctNum = getNumOnly();
      cout << endl << endl;
      center("Please enter your four digit pin number: ");
      cout << endl << setw(37) << " ";
      pin = getPin();

      _itoa(acctNum, acctFile, 10);

      strcat(acctFile, ".txt");

      ifstream infile;

      //Tries to open the file.  If it does not exist, it does not create one.
      infile.open(acctFile, ios::out|ios::nocreate);
      
      //If the account does not exist, prompt user to create one.
      
      if (!infile) {

            ClearScreen;
            lower();
            center("Invalid account number...");
            cout << endl << endl;
            pause();
            ClearScreen;

      } else {

            infile >> acctNum;
            infile >> balance;
            infile >> pinFile;
            infile >> firstName;
            infile >> middleInital;
            infile >> lastName;

            if (pinFile != pin) {

                  ClearScreen;
                  lower();
                  center("Invalid pin number...");
                  cout << endl << endl;
                  pause();
                  ClearScreen;

            } else {
                  
                  exit = true;

            }

            //Closes the file
            infile.close();

      }

      } while (!exit);

}

Now when I try to call those values with another function in the same Account class...

void Account::displayAcctInfo(){ //Displays account information to the user
      
      /*

      Function Name: displayAcctInfo
      Purpose: To display current account information
      Parameters:
            Input: none
            Input & Output: none
            Output: acctNum, balance, firstName, lastName
      Return Value: void
      Data Members Accessed: none
      Data Members Modified: none
      Non-local Variables Used: none
      Functions Called: none

      */

      
      //Outputs information to user
      system("cls");
      lower();
      center("Account Information:");
      cout << endl;
      cout << setw(31) << "Name:" << firstName << " " << middleInital << " " << lastName << endl;
      cout << setw(32) << "Account Number: " << acctNum << endl;
      cout << setw(32) << "Balance Amount: " << balance << endl << endl;
      pause();
      ClearScreen;

} //End displayAcctInfo

I just get garbage.  What am I doing wrong?  The variables are all private to the function.

Ryan
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Question by:RySk8er30
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by:lakshman_ce
ID: 10754129
>ifstream infile;
You have to use ofstream for using ios::out

-Lakshman
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by:RySk8er30
ID: 10754154
Hi,

If I make firstName (a variable that is being read) public in the class and try to read if from another .cpp file, it works, but if I read it from the Account class I get problems.

Ryan
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by:mokule
ID: 10754259
   ifstream infile;

     //Tries to open the file.  If it does not exist, it does not create one.
     infile.open(acctFile, ios::in|ios::nocreate);        // <<<<<---- correct like this
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by:RySk8er30
ID: 10754277
Hi,

I know the file exits and the data is valid.

Ryan
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by:mokule
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Do You correct for ios::in ?
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by:RySk8er30
ID: 10754316
Yes.  When I put the function calling the displayAcctInfo, in the class account and it worked.

Ryan
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by:nonubik
ID: 10755572
Are firstName, acctNum, etc, Account class members? Or just global variables?
How exactly do you call displayAcctInfo() when you get garbage? Do you call verifyAcct() before?
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by:mprasanna
ID: 10755609
Looks like the variables are not initialized. Are you sure that you have assigned the values to the variables you are refering to?
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by:itsmeandnobodyelse
ID: 10755800
Can you post us the part of code where you do things like that?

   Account any;
   any.verifyAcct();
   any.displayAcctInfo();

I assume that firstName, acctNum, ...  are member variables of class Account. However, you should make sure that these variables are not defined as global variables somewhere else (maybe in a header file...). You may test this, by renaming the class members, e. g. by adding an 'm_' prefix.

Regards, Alex
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