is it possible insert a string to the beginning of a stringstream?

has the title states, i am wondering if it is possible to insert a string at the front of a stringstream buffer?
Since stringstream is also an ostream you can use seekp(...) to change the write position to the beginning of the stream. See:

http://www.cplusplus.com/reference/ostream/ostream/seekp/
Well, you can seek to the beginning of the stream, so that the next write operation goes there, but that will overwrite the existing content, rather than "inserting" it in front of the existing content:

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int main()
{
	std::stringstream sstream;
	sstream << "foo";
	sstream.seekp(0);
	sstream << "x";
	std::cout << sstream.str() << std::endl;
}


You could do something like this, but it may not be the most efficient way (creates a temporary copy):
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sstream.seekp(0);
sstream << sstream.str().insert(0, "bar");
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A stringstream acts like a file stream. You can't insert at the beginning of a file so you can't insert at the beginning of a stringstream.

You can, however, 'cheat' with something like:

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#include <iostream>
#include <sstream>
#include <string>

int main() {
	std::ostringstream oss("foo");
	const auto s {oss.str()};

	oss.seekp(0);
	oss << "bar" << s;

	std::cout << oss.str() << '\n';
}



barfoo

> insert a string at the front of a stringstream buffer?

We can use the member function str() to manage (get or set) the string stream's underlying string object.

For example:
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#include <iostream>
#include <sstream>
#include <string>

std::istringstream& push_front( std::istringstream& sstm, const std::string& str )
{
    sstm.str( str + sstm.str() ) ;
    sstm.seekg(0) ;
    return sstm ;
}

int main()
{
    std::istringstream sstm ( "five six seven" );

    std::string str ;
    sstm >> str ; // five
    std::cout << str << '\n' ;

    for( std::string temp : { "zero ", "one ", "two ", "three " } ) push_front( sstm, temp ) ;
    while( sstm >> str ) std::cout << str << ' ' ; // three two one zero five six seven
    std::cout << '\n' ;
}

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