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Using allegro and c++ Im having a problem here. I have my high score list saved as highscores.dat, where line 1 is the name, line 2 is the score, etc. I have the following function to read in and display the list, however allegro's text out routines seem to only take a char* instead of a std::string. I have been trying to figure out how to convert my std::string to a char* like allegro wants so I can display it, but it keeps erroring out saying it cant convert it. It seems like like c_str() would be my best bet, but it keeps failing. Allegro's textout routines are in the following format:
void textout_ex(BITMAP *bmp, const FONT *f, const char *s, int x, int y, int color, int bg); 
void textprintf_ex(BITMAP *bmp, const FONT *f, int x, int y, int color, int bg, const char *fmt, ...);

Any advice on how I can do this?
struct filestruct
	std::string setting;
	int value;

std::istream& operator >> (std::istream& str_in, filestruct& d)
	str_in >> d.setting;
	str_in >> d.value;
	return (str_in);

void game_highscores()
	// game high scores

	char filename[20] = "highscores.dat";
	struct filestruct readintext;
	std::vector<filestruct> hslist;

	std::string playername;
	int score;

	int mode = (std::ios::in | std::ios::binary);

	std::fstream fin(filename, mode);
		// error out code here
	while (fin >> readintext)

	int exit_hs = 0;
	while (exit_hs == 0)
		blit(menu, buffer, 0,0,0,0,800,600);

		int starty = 40;

		for(int i=0; i<hslist.size(); i++)
			playername = hslist.setting;
			score = hslist.value;
			textprintf(buffer, gk_arial, 446,starty,BLACK, "%i) Longestnamepossible_ ", i+1);
				//textout_ex(screen, font, plname, 466, starty, BLACK, -1);
			textprintf(buffer, gk_arial, 700,starty,BLACK, "%i", score);
			starty += 30;

		draw_sprite(buffer, backbutton, 730, 555);//Draw the picture to the buffer 
		draw_sprite(buffer, mouse_cursor, mouse_x, mouse_y);//Draw the picture to the buffer 
		blit(buffer, screen, 0,0,0,0,800,600);//Draw the buffer to the screen

		if((mouse_x > 730) && (mouse_x < 773) && (mouse_y > 555) && (mouse_y < 575) && (mouse_b & 1))
			exit_hs = 1;

I've tried using something like this: char plname[20]; plname = playername.c_str(); But it isnt working for me either... [Edited by - cdxrd on May 23, 2006 1:01:20 PM]

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Original post by cdxrd
UI've tried using something like this:

char plname[20];
plname = playername.c_str();

But it isnt working for me either...

Well, that will never work. You can't just assign one array to another; you have to copy it element by element.

Anyway, I'm 99% certain Allegro functions that take a char* accept c_str(). What's the error you're getting?

.... and why does your topic say "Solved"? That'll cut into your replies ...

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