Reading a text file into an array in c


What would be the most efficient method of reading a text file into a dynamic one-dimensional array? reallocing after every read char seems silly, reallocing after every read line doesn't seem much better. I would like to read the entire file into the array. How would you do it?

Best Solution

I don't understand quite what you want. Do you want to incrementally process the file, reading one line from it, then abandon it and process the next? Or do you want to read the entire file into a buffer? If you want the latter, I think this is appropriate (check for NULL return for malloc and fopen in real code for whether the file exist and whether you got enough memory):

FILE *f = fopen("text.txt", "rb");
fseek(f, 0, SEEK_END);
long pos = ftell(f);
fseek(f, 0, SEEK_SET);

char *bytes = malloc(pos);
fread(bytes, pos, 1, f);

hexdump(bytes); // do some stuff with it
free(bytes); // free allocated memory