If I Open a file using something like:

FileStream^ fs = File::OpenRead( path );

How can I determine the size of the file so that I can read
all of the data bytes in the file? What sort of Read would
you use to read one byte at a time. Would you open a buffer
(say 1024 bytes) and index into the array for each character?

array<Byte>^b = gcnew array<Byte>(1024);

Or would you use a read buffer size of 1 byte ch[1] as a
buffer.array<Byte>^b = gcnew array<Byte>(1);

fs->Read ( b, 0, 1 );

How would you handle the end of thie file so that
you know how many bytes are in the file?

I need to scan a file to turn off 1 or more bits in each of the bytes
in the file and write out these data to a new "copy" of the file with those bits turned off using a bitwise AND of each byte in the input file.

I will also need to seek using random access to certain spots in the
input file. I have seen an example:

fs->Seek (15, SeekOrigin::Current);

This moves the "read cursor" 15 chars further and

fs->Seek (15, SeekOrigin::Begin);

I see "Begin" so I assume that you could use "End"? I have
also shown an example that uses "Current". Are there any
more usages. Could you tell the size of the file by simple
subtracting (End - Begin). How would you write this code?

I understand that you can use SeekOrigin with BaseStream and Seek to set the file pointer of the underlying stream to the beginning. I need more examples of this. in another example I see:
Something like this:

fs.BaseStream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.End)

What is with this example?

I am new to c++ and the FileStream way of accessing file data. I am
quite confused about this and need some help. Thank you in advance for any help or examples that might be useful.

All the best!


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The general way to get the file size is to seek to the end of the file then get the current file position. I don't know how you would do that with CLR/C++ (managed code), but I'm certain if you read the available methods in FileStream you will find it.


>How can I determine the size of the file so that I can read
all of the data bytes in the file?

fs->Length property.

array<Byte>^ bb=  gcnew array<Byte>(fs->Length);


array<Byte>^b= System::IO::File::ReadAllBytes(file);

>How does one get the current file position as an integer?

fs->Position property.


Lets say I have an integer vaiable L that is the size (or length) of the FileStream (fs) - I want do something like this:

for (int i = 0; i <= L; i++) 
            fs->Read(ch, i, 1);

usech(char ch)
 // do something with the character

I would appreciate an example of where a file is opened and processed character by character until the end of the file is reached.

Thanks again.

Edited by Nick Evan: Fixed formatting


P.s. Please show a routine that returns L.

Thanks again for any help.

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