Re: Formatted output

Robert Bauck Hamar <>
Thu, 26 Jul 2007 16:29:43 +0200
<f8ab4n$2c1$> wrote:

I've been beating my head against this for a little while, so perhaps
someone can help me out here? The code below should output exactly as
follows (the hex data lines up in a fixed font):

DATA 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef

and the code does indeed do that when I use the fprintf() call. When
I comment that line out and use the iostream line, I get gibberish. I
guess I'm just not 'getting' C++ formatted I/O yet.

Here's the code, for what it's worth:

#include <cstdio>
#include <iostream>
#include <iomanip>

static void
output(const std::string& s, unsigned char* buf, const size_t len)
std::cerr << s << ' ';
    for (unsigned int i = 0; i < len; ++i)
int j = (i+1) % 16;
// std::cerr << std::setw(2) << std::ios::hex << buf[i]; // no good

std::ios::hex is a constant. It's a flag, but this code just outputs the
number. Sending std::hex instead of std::ios::hex will fix this.
buf[i] is an unsigned char. Outputting it will call the overload for
unsigned char output. An explicit conversion to unsigned int would fix

std::cerr << std::setw(2) << std::hex << unsigned(buf[i]);

fprintf(stderr, "%02x", buf[i]); // works fine

If you're lucky. <cstdio> declares std::fprintf, and may declare ::fprintf.
You could say:
using std::fprintf;
to fix this issue. Or just use std::fprintf.

if ((i+1) < len && j == 0)
std::cerr << '\n' << std::setw(s.size()) << ' ';
std::cerr << '\n';

int main()
{unsigned char data[] =
{0x01, 0x23, 0x45, 0x67, 0x89, 0xab, 0xcd, 0xef,
0x01, 0x23, 0x45, 0x67, 0x89, 0xab, 0xcd, 0xef,
0x01, 0x23, 0x45, 0x67, 0x89, 0xab, 0xcd, 0xef,
0x01, 0x23, 0x45, 0x67, 0x89, 0xab, 0xcd, 0xef};

output("DATA", data, 32);


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