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This is my function:
char ReadFormatted(ifstream ifs){
    //some; stuff

I am, as the include paths will show, using DevC++ and the standard compiler that comes with it. This is the compiler output:
C:/Programmer/Dev-Cpp/include/c++/bits/ios_base.h: In copy constructor 
   `std::basic_ios >::basic_ios(const 
   std::basic_ios >&)'':
C:/Programmer/Dev-Cpp/include/c++/bits/ios_base.h:421: `
   std::ios_base::ios_base(const std::ios_base&)'' is private
CPage.cpp:349: within this context

C:/Programmer/Dev-Cpp/include/c++/streambuf: In copy constructor 
   `std::basic_filebuf >::basic_filebuf(const 

   std::basic_filebuf >&)'':
C:/Programmer/Dev-Cpp/include/c++/streambuf:486: `std::basic_streambuf<_CharT, 
   _Traits>::basic_streambuf(const std::basic_streambuf<_CharT, _Traits>&) 
   [with _CharT = char, _Traits = std::char_traits]'' is private
CPage.cpp:349: within this context 
Is there no way to have a function read from an ifstream defined elsewhere? I am thinking that perhaps some part of the ifstream object can be used to refer to it, but I am not all that experienced with fstream.

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Hmm. Didnt get me very far :/
As soon as I use the ifstream - the compiler complains:

CReader.cpp: In function `int ReadInt(const std::ifstream&)'':
CReader.cpp:10: passing `const std::ifstream'' as `this'' argument of `
std::basic_istream<_CharT, _Traits>& std::basic_istream<_CharT,
_Traits>::get(_CharT&) [with _CharT = char, _Traits =
std::char_traits]'' discards qualifiers

I simply do this:
char r;

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