Connecting File Streams

Discussion in 'C++' started by woessner, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. woessner

    woessner Guest

    This is not a really well-formed question so please bear with me.

    I have a very large binary file (tens of GB). I would like to write a
    quick program to take a contiguous piece of the file and save it to
    another file. Conceptually, this is very simple:

    Open ifstream
    Open ofstream
    Seek ifstream to beginning of piece
    Read ifstream in to buffer
    Write buffer to ofstream

    I'm not very familiar with streams, but I think even I could handle
    that. My concern is the with the buffer. I'm going to want to copy
    far more data than will fit in memory. That means I will have to use a
    loop to read and write the data in chunks. OK, that's still not a
    problem. But it does raise the question of how big to make the buffer.
    My gut instinct tells me to make the buffer as big as possible, but
    I'm not really sure.

    I'm hoping there's a way to avoid this problem, altogether. Is it
    possible to "connect" an ifstream and an ofstream? Conceptually, this
    is what I'm after:

    Open ifstream
    Open ofstream
    Connect ifstream to ofstream
    Seek ifstream to beginning of piece
    Read ifstream (automatically writes to ofstream)

    My hope is that the stream classes will allocate whatever buffers they
    need and that those buffers will be appropriately sized.

    I've looked through the Josuttis book a little bit. I read the section
    on connecting streams, but that seems to be for synchronization. Does
    anybody know if this is possible (and a good idea)? If not, I'm open
    to any other suggestions.

    Thanks in advance,
    woessner, Jan 17, 2007
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  2. woessner

    Yahooooooooo Guest

    streambuf may help to connect these streams

    Yahooooooooo, Jan 18, 2007
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