[futurebasic] Re: [FB] Writing to portions of file

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From: Rick Brown <rbrown@...>
Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 19:39:30 -0500

Chris Pereira wrote:

> Hi all,
> Is it possible to write data to a specific portion of a file without
> re-writing the entire file? Let me elaborate:

Yes indeed.  Here's what you do:

1. Open the file in "R" mode.  That will let you read from and write to the
file.  Also, pay attention to how you set the "reclen" parameter.  The simplest
thing to do is to set it to "1"  (do _not_ leave it blank, or Step 2 won't work
right).  Your OPEN statement should look something like this:

     OPEN "R", #fileID, fileName$, 1, vRefNum%

2. Use the RECORD statement to position the "file mark" to the correct place in
the file.  The "file mark" is an internal pointer which indicates where in the
file the next i/o operation will begin.  Assuming you have set your file's
record length to 1 in Step 1, you would do this:

     RECORD #fileID, byteOffset&

where byteOffset& is the number of the first byte you want to read.  In the
typically perverse world of programming, the first byte in the file is numbered
zero.  So if you wanted to start reading at the 10,000th byte in the file,
you'd set byteOffset& to 9999.

3. Now just input from the file, using your favorite file input command (like

4. The file mark automatically advances after you do the input in Step 3, so
it's no longer at the same offset it was at before.  Therefore, when you get
ready to write the data back to the file, you have to set the file mark
position again:

     RECORD #fileID, byteOffset&  '(same byteOffset& value as before)

5. Now just write to the file, using your favorite file output command (like

And that's about all there is to it.  If you want to get fancy, you can use
other numbers besides "1" as your recLen, but then you have to calculate the
RECORD parameter differently.  Just stick with "1" for now.

Hope this helps.
- Rick