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# std::cin question

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### #1Amnesty2  Members

Posted 18 September 2013 - 10:52 PM

I'll give an example because i don't really know how to word it.

cout << "Input a filename :";

cin >> file;

I would like to print

Input a filename :autosave.txt_<cursor here>
autosave.txt can be backspaced on and edited.

I'd like to put some stuff in cins buffer before i ask and have it displayed and be editable.

i can only think of platform specific ways of achieving something similar.

Simulating key presses or rolling your input function that pops data off on backspace, pushes chars in, and sets the cursor position accordingly.

I know, iostreams let you hack around at a pretty low level with them so i assume this possible some how. Maybe?

### #2Álvaro  Members

Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:48 PM

No, there is no platform-independent way of capturing individual keystrokes in C++.

### #3Bacterius  Members

Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:51 AM

As Alvaro says, there is no standard way of doing this. But ncurses (and its Windows port PDCurses) abstracts a lot of terminal-specific functionality under a cross-platform API which should work on a wide enough range of systems. Perhaps you could take a look and see if it meets your needs.

“If I understand the standard right it is legal and safe to do this but the resulting value could be anything.”

### #4Tispe  Members

Posted 19 September 2013 - 05:15 AM

You can edit the last line by using '\r' in the printf() function.

like this :

const int NumDots = 65;
char s[100];
int xpos = 0;

sprintf_s(s, "X.......................................................................");

while(true){

if(xpos>NumDots){
s[xpos] = '.';
xpos = 0;
s[xpos] = 'X';

} else {
xpos++;
s[xpos] = 'X';
s[xpos-1] = '.';
}
Sleep(50);