How to input one char at a time from stdin?

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at
Tue Jan 25 14:54:00 EST 2005

Swaroop C H wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Jan 2005 12:38:13 -0700, Brent W. Hughes
> < at> wrote:
>>I'd like to get a character from stdin, perform some action, get another
>>character, etc.  If I just use, it waits until I finish typing
>>a whole line before I can get the first character.  How do I deal with this?
> This is exactly what you need:
> Title: "getch()-like unbuffered character reading from stdin on both
> Windows and Unix"
> This recipe was a lifesaver for me once :-)

Thanks for the link!  I've seen this question before a few times, but no 
one had pointed out the recipe.


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