Re: Byte-oriented streaming

James Kanze <>
Tue, 5 Feb 2008 02:30:16 -0800 (PST)
On Feb 4, 2:18 pm, Pete Becker <> wrote:

On 2008-02-04 00:07:20 -0500, Chris Swiedler <> said:

From what I can tell, it's possible to do binary IO with the standard
stream classes, but (practically speaking) only if you use the read()
and write() methods directly. I'm looking to write a binary streaming
interface which we can use to stream binary data with operator<< and
operator>>, e.g. for writing to sockets, files, in-memory buffers,

operator<< and operator>> do formatted I/O. If you're dealing in raw
bytes, you're doing unformatted I/O. That's what read() and write() are
for. Don't mix idioms: you'll confuse everyone. Use a named function
for your interface.

That's one point. The other is that istream and ostream are
text formatted streams. If your stream has a binary format,
they aren't appropriate. The standard doesn't provide any
support (at present, but I've not seen any proposals to change
it) for binary formatted streams.

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