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Posted on 2001-09-10
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Hi.

How do I check to see whether a file exists or not.  I've tried opening a file for reading but it returns a value, even though the file does not exist.

I've tried using this...

            if (-e "$name.txt") {
              do stuff
            } else {
              do other stuff
            }

...but it always acts as if the file given by $name.txt exists, even though I know it doesn't.

Thanks in advance,

John.
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Question by:Jaymol
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that's strange. the above should work. check your code again.

if you can't find any error post your code.
put a print "\nexists file: $name\n"; statement to see if $name is what you expect.
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by:maneshr
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Jaymol,

"..How do I check to see whether a file exists.."

"..    if (-e "$name.txt") {.."

Can you please post the entire code here?

What OS are you on (Win* or UN*X)?

Please provide as much  more detail as you can.

This will help you get a more accurate answer, faster.
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by:ahoffmann
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what is    "$name.txt"   ?
do you mean
    $name
or
    "name.txt"
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by:Jaymol
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holli - thanks for the suggestion.  I know that the $name variable is correct as there are another 5 subroutines that all work.  I did try it though, and it gave me what I expected it to.  (I create a filename from a passed variable from HTML.)

maneshr - I'm afraid I can't post any code here as it's something work related and I'd get in a little bit of strife if I did.  Also, the script will be running on a unix server.

ahoffmann - As I said to holli, the $name variable is a filename I create from a variable passed from HTML.

I hope this helps you come up with some more suggestions.  I know the code should work as I got it directly from perl documentation, but, for some reason, it don't want to.

Thanks again, and I look forward to your suggestions.

John.
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by:Jaymol
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Thanks holli.

I am such a donkey!  I was declaring the $name variable and adding the ".txt" extension to it at the beginning of the script.  Then, when it came to run the subroutine that checks to see if the file existed, it was appending ".txt" again.

I'm afraid that I was being rather silly.

Thanks for the help everyone.

John.
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