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Finding file names in a folder/directory

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Hi experts,
I'm working on an app in which I need to find all the filenames in a directory. How Can I achieve that?
If you don't know that, maybe my problem can be solved anyway if you know how to copy  a folder with all of is content.

Thanks,

KalleKalle
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by:tuvi
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You just have to read in one file (the name) at a time. And do it recursively for the subdirectories.

BTW, which Operating System environment?
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agreen earned 170 total points
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You need two functions FindFirstFile and FindNextFile.
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by:fkurucz
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The implementation depends on the plattform and libraries you are using. For DOS you can use the FindFirst() and FindNext()functions. For Windows there are FindFirstFile() and FindNextFile() and with the MFC (Microsoft Foundation Classes) you can use the CFileFind-class.

There is no simple way to copy a file, like CopyFile(szDst, szSrc). So you have to open the input-file, create the output file and then read and write blocks of data in a loop.

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by:agreen
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Also you can use the CFileFind MFC's class.
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by:kallekalle
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I'm working in windows NT, Visual C++ 5.0
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by:agreen
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fcurucz:
In Win32 API exists function CopyFile, that copies an existing file to a new file.
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by:tuvi
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Then you use FindFirstFile and FindNextFile of Win32 API. At each call, check if the file is a directory or not by using GetFileAttributesEx. Keep track of these directories and recursively go through them with the above steps.
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by:chensu
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>There is no simple way to copy a file, like CopyFile(szDst, szSrc). So you have to open the input-file, create the output file and then read and write blocks of data in a loop.

There are simple ways to copy one or more files in Win32.
// One file
CopyFile
CopyFileEx
LZCopy
// One or more files
SHFileOperation
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by:kallekalle
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How do I "read in one file (the name) at a time". The FindNextFile() function needs a previous call to the FindFile() function. How can I make FindNextFile() not to find the same file every time I call it?
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by:tuvi
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Use wild card characters. "*.*"
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by:agreen
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HANDLE handle;
WIN32_FIND_DATA fdata;
...

handle = FindFirstFile("*.*", &fdata);
if(handle == INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE)
        return;

printf("FileName - %s\n", fdata.cFileName);

while(FindNextFile(handle, &fdata)) {
   printf("FileName - %s\n", fdata.cFileName);
}

FindClose(handle);
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by:kallekalle
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Thanks agreen, that did it!
Thanks to all of you for helping me out!

I don't think that "*.*" work in the FindFile() and FindNextFile() functions.

Again, many thanks,

KalleKalle
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by:agreen
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Please close the discussion by grading the answer :)
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by:kallekalle
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Of course, sorry.
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