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From: Paul Giaccone (paulg_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-01-27 12:36:29

Seweryn Habdank-Wojewódzki wrote:

>I would like to ask for consideration of some new functionality for
>If I have a stream and I do not want to close the stream at the end of
>serialization I have to make easy, but nasty trick using stringstream as a
>buffer between my stream and serialized stream.

I raised this issue a few months ago. It turns out that the only way of
closing a stream at the end of serialisation is to leave the scope in
which the stream was opened. The reason for this is, I believe, so that
a "footer" can be written to the stream indicating the end of the file.

It would be handy, as Seweryn suggests, if there could be a close()
function available to users that did this, so that users could close the
stream when they needed to. One application of this is allowing a
stream to be used for writing and then reading within the same scope.
At the moment, a new scope is required to do this.


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