Get a Directory

Posted on 1998-09-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Is it possible to know whether a particular directory is exisying in the system or not? I am using NT 4.0. This is apart from knowing the Current Directory and the System Directory.
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nietod earned 20 total points
ID: 1172758
Use GetFileAttributes()   details follow.

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ID: 1172759
Use the "access" function.  It does exactly what you want.

Try this:
access ("Directory path goes here", 0);

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ID: 1172760
But nietod's solution is better.
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ID: 1172761
Call GetFileAttributes() and specify the path to the directory you are interested in.  If the procedure returns 0xFFFFFFFF, then the path was invalid, and the directory doesn't exist.  If the procedure returns any other value, test to see if the FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DRECTORY bit is set.  If so, the path specifies an existing directory.  If not, the path specifies an existing file.

let me know if you have questions.
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ID: 1172762
The problem with access() is that if the file exists, you can't tell if the file is a directory or a regular file.  That could be important.  For a standard C++ approach, you can use fstat() instead of access() and check the file type.

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