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Check to see if a file exists with C++

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Hi folks I need to check if a file exists in C++ but the solutions I found on the web didn't seem to work. Since I'm new at this any help with this would be great.
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Question by:Rodric MacOliver
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You can do that using 'stat()' (http://linux.die.net/man/2/stat) or '_stat()' (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/14h5k7ff.aspx) if you are on Windows, e.g.

#include <time.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <errno.h>

int main( void )
{
   struct _stat buf;
   int result;
   char timebuf[26];
   char* filename = "crt_stat.c";
   errno_t err;

   // Get data associated with "crt_stat.c": 
   result = _stat( filename, &buf );

   // Check if statistics are valid: 
   if( result != 0 )
   {
      perror( "Problem getting information" );
      switch (errno)
      {
         case ENOENT:
           printf("File %s not found.\n", filename);
           break;
         case EINVAL:
           printf("Invalid parameter to _stat.\n");
           break;
         default:
           /* Should never be reached. */
           printf("Unexpected error in _stat.\n");
      }
   }
   else
   {
      // Output some of the statistics: 
      printf( "File size     : %ld\n", buf.st_size );
      printf( "Drive         : %c:\n", buf.st_dev + 'A' );
      err = ctime_s(timebuf, 26, &buf.st_mtime);
      if (err)
      {
         printf("Invalid arguments to ctime_s.");
         exit(1);
      }
      printf( "Time modified : %s", timebuf );
   }
}

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(Code taken from the latter link)
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On Windows you can also try the PathFileExists() API
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb773584(v=vs.85).aspx

If you are familiar with Boost which is my favourite then use the exists API
http://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_49_0/libs/filesystem/v3/doc/tutorial.html#Using-status-queries
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by:sarabande
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or '_stat()' (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/14h5k7ff.aspx) if you are on Windows,
to add to comment of jkr:

windows allows using function name 'stat' instead of '_stat' as well. so the following is portable between windows and linux.

#include <sys/stat.h>
bool FileExists(const char * szpath)
{
      struct stat fs;
      return stat(szpath, &fs) == 0;
}

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Sara
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