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Subject: Re: [boost] Interest in simple unformatted binary stream I/O?
From: Jeff Flinn (Jeffrey.Flinn_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-05-27 08:32:10

Beman Dawes wrote:
> There have been many requests on Boost and various C++ newsgroups for
> unformatted binary I/O. For example, in 2003 Neal Becker wrote:
> I wonder if anyone has code for implementing unformatted I/O?
> What I have in mind is
> for the simple case where the application that reads data knows
> the data types, so
> this is not as complicated as the general marshalling situation.
> This proposal provides a very simple solution that works with standard
> library input and output streams. The one caveat is that the stream
> must be opened with filemode std::ios_base::binary to avoid certain
> data values being treated as line endings.

Slightly off topic: Any ideas how to require/detect/ensure that
std::ios_base::binary has been specified for a stream? This would have
saved me lot's of debug time with boost serialization's binary archive,
and in some spirit qi parsers.

Thanks, Jeff

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