Auto detect a file

There are 2 text files, 1 is named as output and the other is ok.
How do I write the codings in C++ if i want the following logic to be done stated below:

1. If ok file was not found, it will automatically writes to the output file.
2. If ok file was found, it would not automatically writes to the output file until the ok file was deleted.

Can anyone there help me?
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freewellCommented:
You don't need to specifically delete the output file. You just open the output file with create attribute and the file will be overwritten with new content.
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DanRollinsCommented:
1.  The  fstat() function is a quick and easy way to see if a file already exists.

2) Do you want the program to wait around until somebody deletes the file, or do you want to delete it yourself, or what?

Is this for programming Windows?  If so, you can use  the
     FindFirstChangeNotification
API to get a motification when a file gets deleted.

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rstaveleyCommented:
If you are on UN*X, you might be interested in the native file locking; see the demonstration program at http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~beej/guide/ipc/flock.html .

See http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vclib/html/_crt__locking.asp if you are on Windoze.
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AxterCommented:
I recommend using stat.
With stat, you don't have to open the file.

Example code:

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

bool PathFileExists(const char* FileName)
{
   struct stat my_stat;
   return (stat(FileName, &my_stat) == 0);
}

bool IsDirectory(const char* FileName)
{
   struct stat my_stat;
   if (stat(FileName, &my_stat) != 0) return false;
   return ((my_stat.st_mode & S_IFDIR) != 0);
}

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
{
    bool ThisFileExist = PathFileExists("c:\\IO.SYS");
    bool ThisFileIsDir = IsDirectory("c:\\IO.SYS");
    return 0;
}
 
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AxterCommented:
Win32 code can also use PathFileExists API function.

This function has the following requirements:
Version 4.71 and later of Shlwapi.dll
Windows NT/2000: Requires Windows 2000 (or Windows NT 4.0 with Internet Explorer 4.0 or later).
Windows 95/98: Requires Windows 98 (or Windows 95 with Internet Explorer 4.0 or later).
Header: Declared in shlwapi.h.
Import Library: shlwapi.lib.

If the older operating system does not have the latest update, this function may fail.


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