Opens the console's standard input (stdin) or output (stdout) streams for use in file operations.

Open Cons As [#]filenumber
Open Cons For Input As [#]filenumber
Open Cons For Output As [#]filenumber

result = Open Cons( [For {Input|Output}[,]] As filenumber )
(or using the QB-like syntax,)
Open Cons [For {Input|Output}] As filenumber

An available file number to bind to the stdin or stdout stream, which can be found with Freefile.

Return Value:
In the first usage, Open Cons() returns a 32 bit Long: a zero (0) on success and a non-zero error code otherwise.

Open Cons opens the console's stdin or stdout streams for reading or writing. A file number is bound to the stream, which is used in subsequent file operations, such as Input #. An available file number can be retrieved with Freefile.

The Input file mode opens the stdin stream for reading file operations, such as Line Input #, while the Output file mode opens the stdout stream for writing file operations, such as Print #. The Output file mode is the default if not specified.

The stdin and stdout streams are the ones used when the calling process' input or output is redirected (piped) by OS commands, or when it is opened with Open Pipe.

To open both the stdin and stdout streams for file operations, a process must use multiple file numbers.

The error code returned by Open Cons can be checked using Err in the next line. The function version of Open Cons returns directly the error code as a 32 bit Long.

Warning: Presently, Open Cons does not work as described above. Without any file mode specifier, a runtime error 1 (illegal function call) occurs. With the Input file mode specifier, the only input mode is well supported. But with the Output file mode specifier, input and output modes are simultaneously supported.

Runtime errors:
Open Cons throws one of the following runtime errors:

(1) Illegal function call
  • filenumber was not free at the time. use Freefile to ensure that filenumber is free.

Dim a As String

Open Cons For Input As #1
Open Cons For Output As #2

Print #2,"Please write something and press ENTER"
Line Input #1,a
Print #2, "You wrote : ";a


Differences from QB:
See also:
Back to File I/O Functions
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