The class templates
filtering_stream are the fundamental components provided by the Iostreams library for filtering data. Each
filtering_stream contains a chain of zero or more Filters followed by an optional Device, accessed with an interface similar to that of
std::stack. These chains are represented by of the class template
chain. If the chain ends with a Device it is called complete and may be used to perform i/o.
The mode of each
stream_buffer in the chain must refine the mode of the
filtering_stream. For example, one cannot use a Filter or Device having mode output with a
filtering_streambuf having mode input.
filtering_stream has mode input, data flows from the chain's end to its beginning — starting at a Source and passing through zero or more InputFilters. If it has mode output, data flows in the opposite direction — from the beginning of the chain, through zero or more OutputFilters, towards Sink at the end of the chain. If a
filtering_stream performs both input and output, data flows in both directions.
Revised 20 May, 2004
© Copyright Jonathan Turkanis, 2004
Distributed under the Boost Software License, Version 1.0. (See accompanying file LICENSE_1_0.txt or copy at http://www.boost.org/LICENSE_1_0.txt)