Article ID: 131324 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q131324
This article has been archived. It is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.
The low-level file open functions in the C Run-time library for the 32-bit Edition of Visual C++ accept some additional flags to allow you to take advantage of Win32-specific file system features. These flags are not available in the 16-bit version of Visual C++.
The low-level file open functions are: _open, _wopen, _sopen, and _wsopen. The new flags (and others) can be combined together with the bitwise OR operator and passed as the 'oflag' argument to the file open functions.
The file open functions call the Win32 function 'CreateFile' to actually open the file with the specified options. The following table relates these new C Run-time flags to the equivalent flags that are passed to CreateFile.
C Run-time Flag CreateFile Flag _O_SHORT_LIVED FILE_ATTRIBUTE_TEMPORARY _O_TEMPORARY FILE_FLAG_DELETE_ON_CLOSE _O_RANDOM FILE_FLAG_RANDOM_ACCESS _O_SEQUENTIAL FILE_FLAG_SEQUENTIAL_SCAN
You can use these flags to improve file I/O performance in some cases. For example, if you need to read from a large file sequentially, and do not need to jump to different parts of the file, you most likely will improve the performance of your application by using the _O_SEQUENTIAL flag when opening the file. This translates to the FILE_FLAG_SEQUENTIAL_SCAN flag for CreateFile.
For more information, please refer to the following sources:
Microsoft Knowledge Base: Read these articles
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/98756/EN-US/ )Increased Performance Using FILE_FLAG_SEQUENTIAL_SCAN
103237Visual C++ Books Online: Read the descriptions of the _open/_wopen and
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/103237/EN-US/ )Using Temporary File Can Improve Application Performance
Visual C++ Run-Time Library Reference, Part 2, Run-Time Reference: Read the descriptions of _open/_wopen and _sopen/_wsopen.
_sopen/_wsopen functions. Search on "_open" and "_sopen."
Win32 Programmer's Reference, Volume 3, Function Reference: Read the description of WIN32 API CreateFile.
Article ID: 131324 - Last Review: January 9, 2015 - Revision: 2.0