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Saving and loading CHAR_INFO

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I want to take a text file, read all the characters into an array (in ASCII mode) and then convert it(one by one, for now. unless there is a better way)to CHAR_INFO and output the new array of CHAR_INFO to a file(in binary mode). Then I want to read the CHAR_INFO from the file(again in binary) to a different array. It used to crash because of some problem with array indices, but I fixed that. I doesn't crash, but I'm getting garbage when I write the new CHAR_INFO array to the screen. This is what I use to read the array and write the new one:
int main()
{
    CHAR_INFO screen[WIDTH * HEIGHT];
    
    ifstream load("blah.txt");
    
    for(int y = 0; y < HEIGHT; y++) {
        for(int x = 0; x < WIDTH; x++) {
            load >> screen[x + WIDTH * y].Char.AsciiChar;
            screen[x + WIDTH * y].Attributes = WHITE;
        }
    }
    
    ofstream fout( "map", ios::binary );
    
    for(int y = 0; y < HEIGHT; y++)
        for(int x = 0; x < WIDTH; x++)
            fout.write((char*)(&screen[x + WIDTH * y]), sizeof(screen[x + WIDTH * y]));

    return 0;
}






And this is what I use to read the new array:
void loadScene(std::string fileName)
{
    std::ifstream fin(fileName.c_str(), std::ios::binary);
    
    for ( int y = 0; y < HEIGHT; y++ ) {
        for ( int x = 0; x < WIDTH; x++ ) {
            fin.read((char*)(&screenBuffer[x + WIDTH * y]), sizeof(screenBuffer[x + WIDTH * y]));
        }
    }
}








And then I just use WriteConsoleOutput() to print it. Thanks for any help. WIDTH and HEIGHT are both const ints with values of 80 and 50, respectively. PS: Obviously, any disclaimers about n00b code apply. [Edited by - skulldrudgery on July 27, 2005 12:57:12 AM]

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I assume blah.txt is formatted correctly so that your first loop in main() fills screen with the correct values? Also, I recommend that rather than writing the entire structure you instead write each member individually.

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Ok, I'm a bit of a clown. I forgot that C++ streams ignore whitespace so my array was only filled with about 100 characters and the other 3900 was filled with garbage.

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