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/* Mike Chirico mmc mchirico@users.sourceforge.net
   CopyRight 2004 GPL

   This program demonstrates popen.  The program
   makes a directory using the current date and
   time as follows:

   mkdir -p Sat-Jan-24-10.11.39-EST-2004

   The -p option keeps the program from bombing
   if the directory already exists.  For the 
   directory to exist the program would have to be
   run twice in under a second...that's ok, and might
   happen.  For the most part, this program is used
   to create directories for log files

   Compile this as follows:

   g++ -o popen_w_string -Wall -pipe popen_w_string.cc 

   So, what does the -pipe do?  It uses a pipe instread
   of temporary files

   ref:

http://souptonuts.sourceforge.net/chirico/

*/
#include<iostream>
#include<cstdlib>
#include<string>
using namespace std;

// A simple replace routine
int mreplace(string& s,char *told, char *tnew)
{
  string::size_type npos;
  string sold(told),snew(tnew);


  npos=s.find(sold,sold.size());
  while(npos != string::npos)
    {
      s.replace(npos,sold.size(),snew);
      npos=s.find(sold,npos);
    }
  return 1;
}
int main(void)
{
  FILE *fp,*fp2;
  char *buf=NULL;
  size_t len=0;
  ssize_t n=0;
  string s;


  if ( (fp = popen("date","r")) < 0 )
    {
      cerr << "error in popen " << endl;
      exit(-1);
    }
  // getline allocates the necessary memory to buf
  // big mistake is putting 0 in place of len. It
  // needs the address of a variable point to the initial
  // length of memory allocated to buf...does reallocate
  // too.  buf is null terminated...also may include '\n'
  if ( (n =getline(&buf,&len,fp)) < 0 )
    {
      cerr << "getline err" << endl;
      exit(-2);
    }
  cout << buf << endl;
  s=buf;
  free(buf); //remember getline allocates memory
  
  mreplace(s," ","-");
  mreplace(s,":",".");


  cout << s << endl;
  if( s.length() > 5 ) // just a dirty check
    {
      s="mkdir -p "+s;
      if ( (fp2 = popen(s.c_str(),"r")) < 0 )
	{
	  cerr << "error in mkdir " << endl;
	  exit(-3);
	}
      pclose(fp2);
    }
  
  pclose(fp);
}



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Chirico img Mike Chirico, a father of triplets (all girls) lives outside of Philadelphia, PA, USA. He has worked with Linux since 1996, has a Masters in Computer Science and Mathematics from Villanova University, and has worked in computer-related jobs from Wall Street to the University of Pennsylvania. His hero is Paul Erdos, a brilliant number theorist who was known for his open collaboration with others.


Mike's notes page is souptonuts. For open source consulting needs, please send an email to mchirico@gmail.com. All consulting work must include a donation to SourceForge.net.

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