mfc >> How to write a binary file

by terrcy » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 11:01:08 GMT

TO all:

here ,I have a struct.

struct test{
char xx;
char *yy;

Now ,How can I write it into a binary file?

ths for anyone reply.

mfc >> How to write a binary file

by Balboos » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 13:42:37 GMT

Open the target file in 'binary' mode. But, exactly what you want to
write to the file is what makes a difference.

Writing char strings will look the same (although translation of '\n'
(will not occur). If you have numeric data, however, this could be
quite different. If your char/strings contain embedded null's, then you
would need to recast them prior to the write (or it will stop at the
null char).

In text ouput, the numerical vals are 'translated' to their ascii char
representation, while in binary, they're not - again, assuming you use
typical formatting procedures.

Do you plan on writing out the address of .yy ? It would normally be
pretty useless, except for diagnostics.

Also, unless you instruct the compiler otherwise, the length of your
strut (via sizeof) will not be equal to the length a char + a char *, as
structures are filled out to a certain length/member (allignment).

i.e.: sizeof (struct ..)!= sizeof(char) + sizeof(char *)

unless you use #pragma pack 1

You may wish to explain what it is you wish to do (and why).


mfc >> How to write a binary file

by Igor Green » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 14:00:19 GMT

> struct test{

Do you want to save string that yy is pointing to? In this case it should be
something like this (error checking is skipped):

CFile file;
// ------- writing
file.Open(sFileName, CFile::modeWrite|cFile::modeCreate);
file.Write(&test.xx, 1);
WORD wLen = 0;
if (test.yy)
wLen = strlen(test.yy);
file.Write(&wLen, sizeof(wLen)); // save length first
if (test.yy)
file.Write(test.yy, wLen);
// --------- reading
file.Open(sFileName, CFile::modeRead);
file.Read(&test.xx, 1);
WORD wLen = 0;
file.Read(&wLen, 2);
if (wLen)
test.yy = new char[wLen+1];
file.Read(test.yy, wLen);

mfc >> How to write a binary file

by terrcy » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 14:11:28 GMT


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