Re: Whats the C++ equivalent of reading from stdin or a file

 James Kanze <>
Fri, 05 Oct 2007 21:07:38 -0000
On Oct 5, 6:59 pm, Adrian <> wrote:

What is the best was to do this in c++. This is going to be used for
unix util that should be able to have input piped to it or file name

#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
   FILE *fp;
   int c;
      fp=fopen(argv[1], "r");

   return 0;

The standard Unix convention allows for more than one filename.
What I usually do is something like:

    main( int argc, char** argv )
        Gabi::MultipleFileIStream source( argv + 1, argv + argc ) ;
        process( source, std::cout ) ;
        return EXIT_SUCCESS ;

(The MultipleFileIStream class is available at my site: It's actually one of the rare classes
there which hasn't undergone much modification since I put it

Otherwise, the standard Unix idiom is:

    main( int argc, char** argv )
        if ( argc <= 1 ) {
            process( std::cin, std::cout ) ;
        } else {
            for ( int i = 1 ; i < argc ; ++ i ) {
                std::ifstream source( argv[ i ] ) ;
                if ( ! source ) {
                    std::cerr << argv[ 0 ] << ": cannot open "
                              << argv[ i ] << std::endl ;
                } else {
                    process( source, std::cout ) ;
        return EXIT_SUCCESS ;

(There's also a singleton class, ProgramStatus, at my site which
can be used to manage the exit status. MultipleFileIStream is
in the IO subsystem, ProgramStatus in the Process subsystem.)

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