C++ fsetpos()

The fsetpos() function in C++ sets the file pointer associated with stream to a given position.

fsetpos() prototype

int fsetpos(FILE* stream, const fpos_t* pos);

The fsetpos() function takes a file stream and a pointer to an fpos_t object obtained from a call to fgetpos() as its argument.

  • A call to fsetpos() function cancels the effects of ungetc and clears the end-of-file state, if it is set.
  • Incase of any read or write error, the error indicator i.e. ferror for the stream is set.

It is defined in <cstdio> header file.

fsetpos() Parameters

  • stream: The file stream whose position is to be set.
  • pos: Position value obtained from a previous call to fgetpos that indicates the position of the file pointer at that moment.

fsetpos() Return value

On success the fsetpos() function returns zero, nonzero otherwise.

Example: How fsetpos() function works

#include <cstdio>

int main()
    FILE *fp;
    fpos_t pos;
    int c;
    fp = fopen("myfile.txt","w+");
    fputs("What a boring day!\n",fp);
    fgetpos(fp, &pos);
    fputs("The weather is bad",fp);
    fsetpos(fp, &pos);
    /*  Replaces the second line by new string  */
    fputs("It is raining badly.",fp);
        c = getc(fp);
    return 0;

When you run the program, the output will be:

What a boring day!
It is raining badly.