depth-first traversal of directories

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    depth-first traversal of directories

    Some code I whipped up in about an hour to do a depth-first traversal of given directory. Was wondering if anyone can critique this code and maybe suggest some things to do differently, etc. Am I correct in assuming that depth-first traversal has possible bugs due to running out of memory, etc ? Also, this program is just a template for the do_dir() function itself that would traverse directories, and does nothing useful at the moment save print the directories that it currently opens. In the future I could use it for any number of utilities that would have a directory traversal need.


    /* show.c */
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <sys/stat.h>
    #include <sys/types.h>
    #include <dirent.h>
    #include <string.h>
    #include <unistd.h>
    #include <errno.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #define VALIDDIR 1
    #define SUBTRACT 0
    #define ADD 1
    char fullpath[PATH_MAX];
    char *curpath = &fullpath[0]; 
    int do_stat(const char *dname);
    void do_dir(const char *dirname);
    void update_fpath(const char *dname, int method);
    int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    	if (argc != 2) {
    		fprintf(stderr, "Usage: show directory\n");
    	return 0;
    void do_dir(const char *dirname)
    	DIR *p;
    	struct dirent *t;
    	char lastdir[PATH_MAX];
    	getcwd(lastdir, PATH_MAX);
    	update_fpath(dirname, ADD);
    	if ((p = opendir(dirname)) == NULL) {
    	       fprintf(stderr, "Couldn't open %s: %s\n",
    		       fullpath, strerror(errno));
    	} else {
    		printf("opening %s\n", fullpath);
     		while (t = readdir(p)) 
    			if ((do_stat(t->d_name)) == VALIDDIR)
    	update_fpath(dirname, SUBTRACT);
    int do_stat(const char *dname)
    	struct stat t;
    	lstat(dname, &t);
    	switch(t.st_mode & S_IFMT) {
    	case S_IFDIR:
    		if (strcmp(dname, ".")  != 0 &&
    		    strcmp(dname, "..") != 0)
    			return VALIDDIR;
    	return 0;
    void update_fpath(const char *dname, int method)
    	switch (method) {
    	case ADD:
    		strcpy(curpath, dname);
    		curpath += strlen(dname);
    		strcpy(curpath, "/");
    		curpath += strlen("/");
    	case SUBTRACT:
    		curpath -= (strlen(dname) + 1);
    		*curpath = '\0';
    Last edited by geekoftheweek; 03-31-2009 at 02:24 AM.

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