Why does this not work, and are there other alternatives?
This will eventually be used in a loop of sorts.. the different fileName's will be determined by the program in real time..

#include <fstream>
#include <iostream>

int main (int argc, char** argv)
    std::string fileName; 
    fileName = "testFile.txt"; // passed to program at runtime
    std::ofstream output;
    output.open(fileName); // path of ofstream = string fileName
    output << "success";
    return 0;


Here is the correction output.open(fileName.c_str());

aah cheers, I was wondering what that was for in that snippet..
I've got a lot to learn..

> Why does this not work,
...and next time describing the problem in detail along with error messages would be recommended rather than the so famous 'this does not work' statement.