getline function

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Sat Feb 18 10:08:30 PST 2006

Tom Grove wrote:
> Chuck Swiger wrote:
[ ... ]
>> getline() is not part of the standard C library.
>> What makes you think gcc is broken...?
> Yeah...I see that after some more research.  So, now I guess my question
> is being that it's not standard and gets() is not safe to use what
> should I use to grab lines?  My gut tells me to copy the getline()
> function from the K&R book but I'm not totally sure that's a great idea
> either.  Stupid strings always causing problems!

Depending on what you'd like to do, GNU readline may be a fine solution to your
situation.  Otherwise, getch(stdin) with a bit of code to "cook" DEL/BS/CR/NL,
or just use the getline port as you've already done.  :-)


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