RAD Studio VCL Reference
AnsiString::c_str Method

Returns the System::AnsiString::AnsiString converted to null-terminated character array.

function c_str: char*;
__fastcall char* c_str() const;

c_System::AnsiString::c_str returns a pointer a null-terminated character array containing the same characters as the System::AnsiString::AnsiString. If the System::AnsiString::AnsiString is unassigned, c_System::AnsiString::c_str returns an empty System::AnsiString::c_string (“”). 

Usually, the value returned by c_System::AnsiString::c_str points to the internal character array referenced by the data property. This pointer is valid until the System::AnsiString::c_string is next modified (for example when the SetLength method is called or the System::AnsiString::AnsiString goes out of scope). However, if the internal array is NULL, c_System::AnsiString::c_str returns a pointer to a System::AnsiString::c_string literal.  

The c_System::AnsiString::c_str method is intended primarily for reading the value of the System::AnsiString::AnsiString. To modify the System::AnsiString::c_string’s value, use the [] operator or System::AnsiString::AnsiString methods such as Insert and Delete


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