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What Windows API to be used to test host and mount point for existence?

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I do have UNC path like \\host\mountpoint\subdir\subdirB\etc. I want to implement a function that creates all directories along the path if they do not exist. I need to detect whether the host and the mount point exists. What API should be used? (I am using C++, low level is acceptable.)

My previous naive approach did not take UNC paths into account. I did split the path to the disk name and the list of subdirectories. Then I went from the root of the disk and used _stat() function to test whether the item exists and whether it is a subdirectory. Later, I tried to modify the source to accept UNC paths; however, the _stat() fails for \\host and \\host\mountpoint. Now I have to modify my exists() and isdir() functions so that they do not use the _stat() function.

I have already implemented the splitunc() fuction that returns the pair of (unc, rest) paths (the Python language heritage). I need to modify my exists() so that it says whether the \\host exists or not and whether the \\host\mountpoint exists or not.

Is it reasonable to say that \\host is never a file nor the directory, and \\host\mountpoint (if exists) is never a file but can be treated as directory?

Thanks for your time and experience,
  Petr
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You could

SHARE_INFO_0 si;

      wchar_t *pServer = L"\\\\hostname";      // server to run on
      wchar_t *pShare  = L"mountpoint";       // sharename to query

      int rc = NetShareGetInfo( (LPTSTR) pServer, (LPTSTR) pShare, 0, &si);

        if ( rc == NERR_Success) {

                // server and share are accessible
        }

To create the directories along a path, use

DWORD       ExCreateDir (   char*   pszDir)
{
    char    acDir   [   MAX_PATH];
    char*   pc      =   NULL;
    DWORD   dwAtt   =   0;

    dwAtt   =   GetFileAttributes   (   pszDir);

    if  (   FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY    ==  dwAtt)
            return  (   dwAtt);

    strcpy  (   acDir,  pszDir);

    pc  =   strrchr (   acDir,  '\\');

    if  (   pc)
            *pc =   ( char) 0;
     else
            return  (   0xffffffff);

    dwAtt   =   ExCreateDir (   acDir);

    if  (   FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY    ==  dwAtt)
        {
            if  (   !CreateDirectory    (   pszDir, NULL))
                {
                    return  (   0xffffffff);
                }

            return  (   dwAtt);
        }

    return  (   0);
}
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Thanks jkr. The GetFileAttributes() was the answer for what I needed.
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