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error C2248 basic_ios when upgrading C++ code

riceman0 asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Hi, I'm upgrading some fairly old MFC code (Visual C++ 4.0) to Visual C++ 2008, and I think I've switched the includes over to the standard libraries (well, by changing #include "fstream.h" to #include "fstream") and some of the old code gives me this error:

error C2248: 'std::basic_ios<_Elem,_Traits>::basic_ios' : cannot access private member declared in class 'std::basic_ios<_Elem,_Traits>'      c:\program files\microsoft visual studio 9.0\vc\include\fstream

The offending code (found by process of elimination, since the error points to inside fstream; the error seems to be in WrtDisclaimer) is below, and it seemed to compile before, does anyone have ideas as to what has changed to cause this problem?

Thanks very much in advance...

void WrtDisclaimer(ofstream OutFile)
  CenterLine(OutFile, "*  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *");
  OutFile << "\n";
  int i=0;
  while (Disclaimer[i] != NULL)
	  CenterLine(OutFile, Disclaimer[i]);
  OutFile << "\n";
void CenterLine(ofstream OutFile, char *str)
  int nsp, i;
  nsp = (int) ((80 - strlen(str))/2);
  for ( i=0; i<nsp; ++i)
		OutFile << " ";
  OutFile << str;
  OutFile << "\n";

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