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I have just programmed a very basic game of noughts and crosses using ''cin'' to recieve input from the user. They have to enter a number between 1 and 9 for their position. I have programmed it so that if the number is not between 1 and 9 the user is asked to enter the number again, but if a letter is entered it goes mental, or if a number with more than 4 digits is entered it does the "illegal operation" thing. How can i stop these errors occuring? Thanks

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One way would be to use the getline method of cin.

You can specify the maximum number of characters to allow with getline. You could set the max number to 1 character then you can convert that to an int from there. Maybe check that it isn''t an alpha character, and as long as it''s a number 1-9 you can convert to int using atoi(ascii to int). There may be other ways, but that''s the way I use cin when I need to parse the input for something specific. I don''t know if there''s a cin method that you can specify formatting to or not.

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Sorry, i dont know how to use this getline method, can you show me the code.
Thanks for the help

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You don''t really need getline; as long as the user doesn''t input a space, doing cin >> inp; should work just fine. Make sure your input variable is declared as an integer (int/short/long) and not as char.

Anyway, here''s how to use getline. It''s in the new C++ Standard Library, so you''ll need to use the new-style standard headers as well as the std namespace:
#include <iostream>using namespace std;//...getline(cin, inp);  // default, gets everything up to newline...getline(cin, inp, 4); // gets up to 4 characters

You might also want to look into the string class, as it makes text manipulation much easier.

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Thanks to Kylotan for the idea!