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understanding streamreader and internalbuffer?



I have a .txt file that has 3 lines as following:




This is my code:

FileStream fs = new FileStream(@"E:\1.txt", FileMode.Open);
StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(fs);
textBox1.AppendText(sr.ReadLine() + "\r\n");

now after running the above code,the output will be:



My question is why the position value is 14? why it's not 4 as pointer of the stream would point to '\n' character that is at the end of the first line A50?Is this related to internalbuffer?and what's internalbuffer in detail and how it is work with streamreader?

sorry for bad english.

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AWT Avatar asked Mar 24 '23 23:03


1 Answers

The StreamReader reads data from the disk into an internal buffer and then satisfies requests from that buffer.

It works that way in order to reduce the number of times it has to call the operating system for data. If it didn't have an internal buffer, then it would have to do this:

while (not end-of-file and character != newline)
    read next character and append to string

With the internal buffer, it reads a big chunk of data (default is something like 4K bytes, but that can be changed) into memory. Then it can quickly scan that block of data for a newline character and return the string.

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Jim Mischel Avatar answered Apr 10 '23 08:04

Jim Mischel