About mmap and lseek

Posted on 2006-10-22
Last Modified: 2008-03-04
int f=open("myFile",O_RDONLY);
int n=lseek(f,0,SEEK_END);
void * mf=mmap(0,n,PROT_READ,MAP_PRIVATE,f,0);

1)Am I right that using lseek(f,0,SEEK_END); to get the file size will give you filesize + 1, and hence it is more correct to use lseek(f,-1,SEEK_END);? Also, is this a correct way to get the filesize?
2)After getting mf, how should I read the file inside the memory map file?
eg my file has
****myFile start****
line1 abc
line2 def
****myFile end****
How to get "line2 def", ie the second line?

Question by:william007
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sunnycoder earned 500 total points
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1. No ... Why would it give you length +1?
int n=lseek(f,0,SEEK_END);
is correct

note that this would position the head to end of file ... you must reposition it to beginning of file

2. mmap returns pointer to mmaped area ... simply treat it like a buffer in memory ... here is an example which should answer both your questions

int main() {          
      void * ret;
      int n;

      int f = open ("ha.txt", O_RDONLY);

      n = lseek (f,0,SEEK_END);
      printf ("%d\n",n);

      n = lseek (f,0,SEEK_SET);
      ret = mmap (0, 1024, PROT_READ,MAP_PRIVATE, f,0);
      printf ("%s\n", ((char *)ret) + 10);

Author Comment

ID: 17783003
For question 1,
this is because
I type "abcdef" in a file, it gives me length 7,
even nothing in a file, it gives me length 1,
If it is correct, what is the reason for the size? abcdef...should be 6 bytes and nothing in a file should be 0 byte....
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Assisted Solution

sunnycoder earned 500 total points
ID: 17783007
EOF is also part of file .. else you would never know where the file ends!!!

Author Comment

ID: 17783049
I see:)

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