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initializing constant variable from file

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I need a constant that should not change after initialization. Initialization value is stored in a file. How can i do this? The obvious way is to skip the "const" part and use it freely as a variable, which i resent, as it is really a constant.
Nov 7 '06 #1
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Banfa
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It isn't a const as far as the program is concerned because it starts with some value and then some time into running the program (the time it takes to open and read the required value) you change it's value to something else.

If you really wanted to you could encapsulate it in a class and then when you read the required value instantiate a new instance of the class initialising the constant member to the required value.

Or you can do something sneaky like have a variable that is only accessed by the code reading the value from the file and a const reference to the variable used everywhere else.

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  1.     int _value = 5;
  2.     const int &ConstValue = _value;
  3.  
Nov 7 '06 #2

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Forgot to mention that I was trying it in C, not C++. To simplify, consider a 3 member structure, all members constant type. The first two members are initialized directly and the 3rd I must input from a file. Because these const members are "virtually equal" for this program, it doesn't make sense for me to be forced to remove the const from the third member, simply because I don't know how to fool C to initialize it. Anyone?
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  1. typedef struct {
  2.     const char *a;
  3.     const int c;
  4.     const int b;
  5. } a_t;
  6.  
  7. a_t ar[] = {
  8. {"asd", 3 },
  9. {"wer", 2 },
  10. {"sdf", 2 }
  11. };
Nov 7 '06 #3

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