I have a situation where I need to process large (many GB's) amounts of data as such:
- build a large string by appending many smaller (C char*) strings
- trim the string
- convert the string into a C++ const std::string for processing (read only)
The data in each iteration are independent.
My question is, I'd like to minimise (if possible eliminate) heap allocated memory usage, as it at the moment is my largest performance problem.
Is there a way to convert a C string (char*) into a stl C++ string (std::string) without requiring std::string to internally alloc/copy the data?
Alternatively, could I use stringstreams or something similar to re-use a large buffer?
Edit: Thanks for the answers, for clarity, I think a revised question would be:
How can I build (via multiple appends) a stl C++ string efficiently. And if performing this action in a loop, where each loop is totally independant, how can I re-use thisallocated space.