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In some specific cases, you can avoid the trouble by wrapping this functionality inside utility functions.
For example, I wrote the following two functions to go between strings and text files in my apps.
public Function ReadFile(FileName as string) as string Dim i as Integer i = FreeFile on error GoTo ErrorTrap Open FileName for input as #i ReadFile = input(LOF(i), i) Close #i Exit Function ErrorTrap: ReadFile = "" End Function public Sub WriteFile(FileName as string, Contents as string) Dim i as Integer i = FreeFile Open FileName for Output as #i print #i, Contents Close #i End Sub
Once these functions are in your project, you have a quick way of reading and writing text files. For example, the following code is a weird way of copying text files:
Call WriteFile("c:\b.txt", ReadFile("c:\a.txt"))