Gathering the contents of a .txt file as a string, C++

I currently have a little program here that will rewrite the contents of a .txt file as a string.

However I'd like to gather all the contents of the file as a single string, how can I go about this?

#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>
#include <string>

using namespace std;

int main () {
    string file_name ; 

    while (1 == 1){
        cout << "Input the directory or name of the file you would like to alter:" << endl;
        cin >>  file_name ;

        ofstream myfile ( file_name.c_str() );
        if (myfile.is_open())
        myfile << "123abc";

        else cout << "Unable to open file" << endl;




The libstdc++ guys have a good discussion of how to do this with rdbuf.

The important part is:

std::ifstream in("filename.txt");
std::ofstream out("filename2.txt");

out << in.rdbuf();

I know, you asked about putting the contents into a string. You can do that by making out a std::stringstream. Or you can just add it to a std::string incrementally with std::getline:

std::string outputstring;
std::string buffer;
std::ifstream input("filename.txt");

while (std::getline(input, buffer))
    outputstring += (buffer + '\n');

#include <sstream>
#include <string>

std::string read_whole_damn_thing(std::istream & is)
    std::ostringstream oss;
    oss << is.rdbuf();
    return oss.str();

You declare a string and a buffer and then read the file with a while not EOF loop and add buffer to string.

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