File Navigation Interface?

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    File Navigation Interface?

    I'm looking for a way to Browse the HDD, but I don't know how to read the contents of a directory. I'm sure there must be a function in the C library there somewhere, but so far I haven't been able to find a reference to it. Can somebody point me in the right direction?

    I'd prefer something that just reads the contents to an array or something, as opposed to displaying the text directly, since the interface will be drawn to video memory, as well as indicating which entries are files and which are directories to allow proper navigation.

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    Ah. Damn, what a n00bish thing to overlook. I guess I wasn't expecting the FAQ to be that comprehensive. *shrugs* Well, thanks for that. Now I have a starting point.
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    Well that didn't help all that much. The win32 example won't compile in MinGW, and I'm not trying to search for a specific file within a directory anyway.

    What I'm aiming at is a window that contains a list of all the files and directories available in .\ (something like: [.] [..] [dir] [dir] file file ... file), with a selection cursor that can be moved around to select certain entries, jumping from one dir to another, or opening the specified file, when Enter is pressed.

    I went searching again and found some info on dirent.h, and worked out how I can list the contents of a directory. That's a start, but I also need to know how to determine which entries link to directories and which ones are files in order to make this thing work.

    GNU C seems to make it easy, with the d_type member in the directory structure, but that's not part of the library included in MinGW.

    Any ideas? Thankye muchly.

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