C++ Reading a .txt file

In C++, I am attempting to read several fields for a text file into my program. I was told I could use the code below to fetch the c-sting variable housed in the middle of the .txt file. I am having no luck getting the cin.get() to work in the middle of the code.

suggested code:
char name[21];
cin.get( name, 21, '\n' );
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 The code that I am using is my .txt file is name "masterFile".:
masterFile >> ID >> name >>payRate >> dependents >> eType;

A sample of the text file is below:

 5 Christine Kim       30.00 2 1
15 Ray Allrich         10.25 0 0
16 Adrian Bailey      12.50 0 0
17 Juan Gonzales     30.00 1 1
18 Morris Kramer       8.95 0 0
22 Cindy Burke         15.00 1 0
24 Esther Bianco       10.25 0 0
25 Jim Moore           27.50 3 1
32 Paula Cameron       14.50 0 0
36 Melvin Ducan        10.25 0 0
37 Nina Kamran         30.00 1 1
38 Julie Brown         35.00 0 1
40 Imelda Buentello    14.50 0 0
42 J. P. Morgan        12.50 0 0
43 Maria Diaz          15.00 0 0





































luling1972Asked:
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Jaime OlivaresConnect With a Mentor Software ArchitectCommented:
OK, better you start putting the line into a STL string:

string line;
string id, name, payRate, dependents, eType;
while(!masterFile.getline(buffer, 100).eof())
{
       line = string(buffer);  // convert to STL string
       id = line.substr(0, 2);
       name = line.substr(3, 20);
       // etcetera
}
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Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
your main problem is that name has white spaces inside it, so the >> operator won't work correctly.
Fortunately, you data is fixed width, so you can use:

char line[100];

while(!masterFile.getline(buffer, 100).eof())
{

}

then you can extract string portions at specific positions to obtain the fields.

Fixed width data:
 5 Christine Kim       30.00 2 1
15 Ray Allrich         10.25 0 0
16 Adrian Bailey       12.50 0 0
17 Juan Gonzales       30.00 1 1
18 Morris Kramer        8.95 0 0
22 Cindy Burke         15.00 1 0
24 Esther Bianco       10.25 0 0
25 Jim Moore           27.50 3 1

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luling1972Author Commented:
Could you please add more code. I am having a hard time understanding you concept.
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Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
are you able to show the lines of the file?
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luling1972Author Commented:
I am having trouble extracting the name field in the second field of the file. Could you provide an example?
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luling1972Author Commented:
That looks good!  I have solved my problem. Thanks for you time and patience!
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luling1972Author Commented:
good work. great job!!!
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