Thread: getenv function

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    Unhappy getenv function

    Ok I hope some one can help!
    This is so frustrating because it should be real simple but it's not!

    I'm programming in C on a Unix server. And what I'm trying to do is open a file for reading. I know the name of the file but it's directory is a Unix environment variable.

    For example: file abc.txt is in HOME
    so I need a way to ifp = fopen(???????, "r");

    Does anyone know of a way to use the getenv function to get the value of HOME and then somehow append abc.txt onto it so that I can get a nice directory/filename all in one?

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    FILE *fptr;
    char path[PATH_MAX]; /* defined in limits.h */
    char *fname = "abc.txt"; /* or whatever the filename is */
    snprintf( path, PATH_MAX, "%s/%s", getenv("HOME"), fname );
    fptr = fopen( path, "r" );
    if ( !fptr )
    This should get you on track. A problem would occur if the home directory was set to "/", as root's sometimes is. It would be a good idea to test for that condition and change the snprintf() accordingly.
    Jason Deckard

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    Ok Thanks!
    I'll try it.

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