Fast I/O Using fread() & fwrite

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Fast I/O Using fread() & fwrite

Post by Saswat2603 »

Hi dear programmers !

I just found in some thread that, faster run-times can be achieved by using fread() and fwrite() and the run-times differed from printf() and scanf() by significant amount.

I searched this forum for a bit of explanation in this regard, but didn't find anything really helpful ..

Can any member share their knowledge about this topic ??

Thanx in advance .. :)
Saswat Padhi - lost in for(;;);

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Re: Fast I/O Using fread() & fwrite

Post by smithdwsn »

Printf() and Scanf() functions are used for print the sentence in console and input any sentence or value in console respectively. While fread() and fwrite() are used for the file. So there is no common action or event between them. They are totally different things.

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Re: Fast I/O Using fread() & fwrite

Post by leonardost »

That's not quite true, smithdwsn. You can use stdin and stdout in fread() and fwrite() in place of the file handler, and they'll work like scanf() and printf(), albeit in a lower level. You'll have to do your own parsing and formatting, but the speedup can be substantial. I chopped off almost 0.1s from a problem that took ~0.120s with printf() and scanf(). Of course, these kind of optimizations aren't needed to get a problem to be accepted, but they're nice to know.

These threads are a good reference: ... =14&t=2563 ... ight=fread ... ight=fread

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Re: Fast I/O Using fread() & fwrite

Post by iriz7482 »

I know how to use fread() but I don't know how to parse input efficiently (I use strtok() and atoi() to get input numbers). Would anyone please help me :oops:

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Re: Fast I/O Using fread() & fwrite

Post by Gabrielwer »

I am trying to read from a text file and tokenize cell phone spy the input. I was getting a segmentation fault until I realized I forgot to close my ifstream. I added the close call and now it loops infinitely. I'm just trying to learn how to use strtok for now, that is why the code doesn't really look complete.

void loadInstructions(char* fileName)
ifstream input;;
string line;
getline (input,line);
char * lineChar = &line[0];
//instruction cmd; //This will be used later to store instructions from the parse
char * token;
token = strtok (lineChar," ");
// just trying to get the line number for now
int lineNumber = atoi(token);
cout << lineNumber << "\n";
Last edited by Gabrielwer on Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Fast I/O Using fread() & fwrite

Post by cranuterj »

(I use strtok() and atoi() to get input numbers)
so what's wrong with using stroke and atoi?

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