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hello.. thx in advance

just want to ask something..

is there any portable functions that is equivalent to system("cls")?
a function that clears the screen? since system() is not portable..

thx...

 
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system() is portable -- the commands it execute are not. There are no portable ways to clear the screen. You might have to do something like this, where each compiler for the target os defines one of the symbols listed in the code below.

#ifdef _UNIX_
   system("clear");
#elif def _WINDOWS_
   system("cls");
#elsif def _OTHER_OPERATING_SYSTEM
   systgem(<put here whatever works>);
#endif
 
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no.

 
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Why do you want to do that?
(In other words, unless you are writing a full-screen text application like an editor or video game, don't do that.)

Otherwise, on Windows, see Example Two

On Unix/Linux/POSIX:

#include <unistd.h>
#include <term.h>

void clearscreen()
  {
  if (!cur_term)
    {
    int success;
    setupterm( NULL, STDOUT_FILENO, &success );
    if (success <= 0) return;
    }
  putp( tigetstr( "clear" ) );
  }

You'll need to link with one of the following (depending on your system):
-lcurses
-lncurses
-lterminfo

If you are writing a CUI application, though, you should just use Curses directly:

PDCurses
Windows, DOS, OS/2, Plan 9, etc
http://pdcurses.sourceforge.net/

NCurses
POSIX systems, Mac OS X, etc
http://www.gnu.org/software/ncurses/

Getting started
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/NCURSES-Programming-HOWTO/
http://web.cs.mun.ca/~rod/ncurses/ncurses.html

Hope this helps.

 
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Couldn't you just print a lot of newlines and then move the cursor to the top of the window?

 
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You could, but that isn't portable either. And how many newlines would you print? How would you move the cursor?

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