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Hi, In an environ, gcc running under solaris, i need to check whether a file is a directory or a simple file. Could anyone let me know how to do this.

-gsbabu
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by:ori_b
ID: 2587702
Try the following :

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>

struct stat buf;
         
if (stat("file_name", &buf) == 0) {
 if ((buf.st_mode & S_IFMT) == _IFDIR)  {
      // it is a directory
}
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by:gsbabu
ID: 2587954
ori_b
>> f ((buf.st_mode & S_IFMT) == _IFDIR)  {

on compiling, i get _IFDIR undeclared, i don't know more about, where it could be defined. help.

-gsbabu
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ori_b earned 45 total points
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try S_IFDIR instead, it is defined
in <sys/stat.h>
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by:gsbabu
ID: 2588047
thanks, it is ok, also could i know how to make this in a loop, that is if in a directory there are some entries, which could be plain file or directory, i need to loop for the number of entries in the directory. could you help me. thanks for your previous help, let me know if you want me to post this as a new question.

--gsbabu.
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by:ori_b
ID: 2588257
You can try this (if I understood your question correctly) :

int     DirLoop(const char* path) {
 
  DIR *dirp;
  struct dirent *direntp;

  char file_name[256];
 
  printf("opening directory %s\n",path);
 
  dirp = opendir( path );
  if (dirp == NULL) {
      printf("Error %s : %s\n", path,strerror(errno));
      return -1;
  }
 
  while ( (direntp = readdir( dirp )) != NULL ) {
      if (direntp == NULL) {
        printf("Erorr %s : %s \n", path,strerror(errno));
        return -1;
      }


    // skip the ./ and ../ files        
    if (direntp->d_name[0] != '.') {

        // build the full path
        strcpy (file_name,path);
        strcat (file_name,"/");
        strcat (file_name,direntp->d_name);

        struct stat buf;
        
        // Find file's type
        if (stat(file_name, &buf) == 0) {
            if ((buf.st_mode & S_IFMT) == S_IFDIR) {
              // it is a directory
              DirLoop(file_name);
            }

            else {
              // A regular file - Do What you want to ...
              printf("%s\n",file_name);
            }
        }

        else {
            printf("Fail to stat file %s : %s\n",file_name, strerror(errno ));
            return -1;
        }
      
      }
  }

 
  if (closedir( dirp ) == -1) {
      printf("Erorr closedir of %s : %s \n", path,strerror(errno));
      return -1;
  }

  return 0;
}

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by:ori_b
ID: 2588268
You will need these #include  :

#include <dirent.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <errno.h>

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by:gsbabu
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Thanks very much Master Ori, It really worked pretty well.

 -gsbabu
 ugnasu01@thiru.vetri.com
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by:ori_b
ID: 2591624
glad to help
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