Converting a string to an const unsigned char*

Discussion in 'C++' started by Hans Mull, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. Hans Mull

    Hans Mull Guest

    How can I convert a string to a const unsigned char*?
    (string::c_str() converts the string to a signed char)

    Thanks in advance, Hans
    Hans Mull, Apr 21, 2008
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  2. #include <algorithm>
    #include <string>

    const unsigned char* convert(const std:string& s){
    unsigned char* bytes=new[s.size()+1]();

    If converting signed chars from the string into unsigned chars poses
    problem, you may use transform instead of copy, passing a function
    that will do the mapping you want between negative characters and
    Pascal J. Bourguignon, Apr 21, 2008
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  3. The (bitwise) contents of the string don't change if the characters
    are interpreted as unsigned chars instead of signed chars, so I'd say
    it's completely safe to do this:

    const unsigned char* us =
    reinterpret_cast<const unsigned char*>(str.c_str());
    Juha Nieminen, Apr 21, 2008
  4. Hans Mull

    peter koch Guest

    As noted by Juha, a reinterpret_cast is safe and fine, but a question
    is whether you must convert to unsigned char const * (I presume that
    you want to preserve the constness!). Perhaps you should have used a
    std::vector<unsigned char> or a std::basic_string<unsigned char> in
    the first place?

    peter koch, Apr 21, 2008
  5. Hans Mull

    Puppet_Sock Guest

    The usual answer to questions such as that is "legacy code."
    Puppet_Sock, Apr 21, 2008
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