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From Martin Sebor <se...@roguewave.com>
Subject Re: problem appending to a file
Date Thu, 05 Jan 2006 17:37:52 GMT
Alex.Krumm-Heller@csiro.au wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to do some file I/O. The scenario I am aiming for is to 
> create a file if it doesn’t exist, append to it if it exists as well as 
> allowing for writes to the file from multiple threads.

Since you are coding in C++ have you considered using iostreams for
this part of the project? The Apache C++ Standard Library provides
as an extension thread-safe iostream objects -- see the demo below.

Btw., only the least significant 8 bits of the value returned from
main() (or passed to exit()) are made available to the invoking
process, so values like -1 will end up being sliced or truncated
(in the case of -1 to 255).


#include <fstream>
#include <string>

int main ()
     std::ofstream logfile ("test.txt", std::ios::app | std::ios::out);

     // STDCXX extension: make logfile thread safe
     logfile.unsetf (std::ios::nolock | std::ios::nolockbuf);

     if (!logfile)
         return 1;

     std::string output ("String 1");

     // output string as a single atomic operation
     logfile << output;

     logfile.close ();
     logfile.open ("test.txt", std::ios::app | std::ios::out);

     if (!logfile)
         return 2;

     output.assign ("String 2");

     logfile << output;

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