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# wifstream

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What's the best way to read in unicode text files? I tried to use the wifstream class, but I did not work correctly. I create a unicode text file using notepad, then I loaded it into the MSVC Hexeditor. This looks like this: And that's the way I try to load it:
wifstream Stream("extensions.txt");
while(!Stream.eof())
{
wstring String;
getline(Stream,String);
wcout << String <<endl;
}

How can I achieve this task? I think wifstream just reads byte after byte and then converts each single byte into a wchar_t.

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I believe the issue is with the codecvt used within the wstream classes for reading text in. Unfortunately, wstreams aren't required to read in 2 byte characters at a time and convert them to a single wide character as you are expecting. This makes them completely useless, at least for me. I believe the rationale is that they didn't want to require a certain byte representation to be used. I would just use binary file I/O to achieve the same thing.

Chalk this up as yet another reason I dislike the standard stream library.