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Position pointer in I/O

Position pointer in I/O

Position pointer in I/O

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Hi all,

When you read data from a data file (txt file), how can you move the position pointer to the n row of the data (without reading each row again and again)?
For I am writing a program to put the n row of the data into an array, I am currently repeating
read (101,*)
n-1 times to get rid of the data I don't need, but that is inefficient, isn't it?
Thanks in advance.  

RE: Position pointer in I/O

If Fortran, those two choices of reading a file are called:

Sequential access, and
Direct access

You may read a bit on it anywhere, here are 3 links.
http://docs.cray.com/books/S-3695-35/html-S-3695-35/b8umksmg.html
http://rsusu1.rnd.runnet.ru/develop/fortran/prof77/node162.html
http://frateralphio.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/fortran-and-binary-files-sequential-access/

I personally have not used Direct access much. I usually think of it for reading huge binary files; which I have no need for.

Read the links above carefully, for Direct access apparently the records in the file all need to be of the same length.
 

RE: Position pointer in I/O

Why not just use two files.  Read from one, write the data you want to the other.  When you have finished, delete the original and rename the new file to the original.

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