Assigning a portion of a getline to a variable

Discussion in 'C++' started by Michael Easterly, May 28, 2004.

  1. What is a good way to read a text file and read each line, then assign
    data to variables? I have this so far,

    #include <iostream>
    #include <fstream>

    using namespace std;

    string BATCHNUMBER;
    string BIS ="100";
    string DEPARTMENT = "04";
    string DESCRIPTION;
    string DOCUMENTDATE;
    string DOCUMENT;
    string DUEDATE;
    string FUND = "31Y";
    string SCREEN = "31";

    void main()
    ifstream OpenFile;"youth.txt");
    cout << "Error opening file! Aborting..." << endl;
    cout << "File successfully opened..." << endl << endl;

    cout << "Batch Number: ";
    cin >> BATCHNUMBER;
    cout << "Description: ";
    cin >> DESCRIPTION;
    cout << "Document Date: ";
    cin >> DOCUMENTDATE;
    cout << "Document: ";
    cin >> DOCUMENT;
    cout << "Due Date: ";
    cin >> DUEDATE;

    char line[50];
    string vender[7];

    cout << line << endl;

    For example, if I want positions 1-7 to be assigned to a string
    vender, then positions 10-12 to be assigned to a different string how
    is that accomplished?

    Here is a sample of the data file:

    Y0TH004 210 100 50 5
    Y0TH005 220 25 10 5
    Y0TH008 200 50 60 55 1000

    I have tested this and can read the file. After I get everything
    loaded into variables, I will have to output to some other file to
    format the data the way that is needed for an import to another

    Thanks for you help in advance.
    Michael Easterly, May 28, 2004
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  2. Michael Easterly

    Mike Wahler Guest

    Convention is to only use all upper case identifiers
    for macros.
    int main()
    IMO better would be:

    eof() does not return true until *after* a failed read attempt.
    The ifstream destructor will automatically close the
    file for you. This statement is redundant (but harmless).
    You can address specific positions in a std::string with its
    [] operator, and you can get subsequences out of a std::string
    with its 'substr()' member functions. BUT:
    Your data does not appear to be column-aligned, but simply
    separated by whitespace. So extracting particular columns
    won't work.
    The following extracts each line as a 'record', stores each
    whitespace-separated string into a 'field' of each record,
    and outputs the data to cout (separating 'fields' with spaces,
    and 'records' with newlines:

    #include <cstdlib>
    #include <fstream>
    #include <iostream>
    #include <istream>
    #include <ostream>
    #include <sstream>
    #include <string>

    class Record
    std::string line;
    std::string batchnumber;
    std::string description;
    std::string documentdate;
    std::string document;
    std::string duedate;

    friend std::istream& operator>>(std::istream& is, Record& r)
    return is >> r.line}

    friend std::eek:stream& operator<<(std::eek:stream& os, const Record& r)
    return os << r.line << ' '
    << r.batchnumber << ' '
    << r.description << ' '
    << r.documentdate << ' '
    << r.document << ' '
    << r.duedate;

    const int status[] = {EXIT_SUCCESS, EXIT_FAILURE};

    int main()
    std::string filename("data.txt");
    std::ifstream input(filename.c_str());
    bool err(!input);

    std::string line;

    while(std::getline(input, line))
    std::istringstream iss(line);
    Record rec;
    iss >> rec;
    std::cout << rec << '\n';

    if(err = (!input && !input.eof()))
    cerr << "Error reading file '" << filename << "'\n";
    cerr << "Cannot open file '" << filename << "'\n";

    return status[err];

    Mike Wahler, May 28, 2004
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  3. Michael Easterly

    David Harmon Guest

    On 28 May 2004 11:20:27 -0700 in comp.lang.c++,
    (Michael Easterly) wrote,
    There is no single answer to that, it depends on many things such as how
    complex your data format is, and what kind of error recovery you
    require. But,
    that isn't part of it. Don't loop on eof(), instead read until reading
    fails. Then check eof() to see if that was the reason, if you still

    std::string line;
    while(std::getline(openfile, line)
    OK, your fields appear to be delimited by whitespace. That makes things
    easy, since that's the default behavior for stream formatting
    operator>>(). You could do something like:

    while(std::getline(openfile, line)
    std::istringstream parse(line);
    parse >> f1 >> f2 >> f3 >> f4;
    // do something with the data.

    For more complicated input format, one of the first things I think of
    these days is the regex library from
    David Harmon, May 29, 2004
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