Returns a single character from a file. If the location of the file pointer is at EOF (end of file), FALSE is returned.
fgetc() is quite inefficient and should not be used to read large amounts of data. If you need to process text from a file one character at a time, use fgets() to read in the data one line at a time and then process the line one character at a time with a looping construct such as while() or for() .
Because some of the filesystem functions to read/write from files partially share the same code, one or more of the bugs reported elsewhere may also apply to this function.
3.0.6: Function not binary-safe.
3.0.9: Function may hang when used with sockets on FreeBSD 3.2.
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