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Controlling IOStreams Used by the HttpClient and the AWSClient

By default, all responses use an input stream backed by a stringbuf. If needed, you can override the default behavior. For example, if you are using an Amazon S3GetObject and don't want to load the entire file into memory, you can use IOStreamFactory in AmazonWebServiceRequest to pass a lambda to create a file stream.

Example file stream request

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GetObjectRequest getObjectRequest; getObjectRequest.SetBucket(fullBucketName); getObjectRequest.SetKey(keyName); getObjectRequest.SetResponseStreamFactory([](){ return Aws::New<Aws::FStream>( ALLOCATION_TAG, DOWNLOADED_FILENAME, std::ios_base::out); }); auto getObjectOutcome = s3Client->GetObject(getObjectRequest);