Thread: Listing file in directories

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    Question Listing file in directories

    Hey there, I haev been looking everywhere and I am unable to find a solution. I was wondering if it was at all possible to list files in a directory without having to make a loop of some sort and having to strcat() a string of some sort and checking if the file exists using fopen. If anyoen could help me li9st files in a directory it would eb MUCH appreciated, thanks.

    Daniel Wallace (

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    Confused Magos's Avatar
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    Check out FindFirst() and FindNext() (It might be FindFirstFile and FindNextFile, can't remember...)

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    Me want cookie! Monster's Avatar
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    It's FindFirstFile and FindNextFile (for win32)

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    End Of Line Hammer's Avatar
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    >>. I was wondering if it was at all possible to list files in a directory
    This is OS dependant. You didn't state which OS/compiler you are using, nor I expect, did you do a board search before posting your question. Try hunting down the answer first, it has been asked before.
    When all else fails, read the instructions.
    If you're posting code, use code tags: [code] /* insert code here */ [/code]

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    Red face

    I take it your using Debian/gcc and not windows?

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    Haha, sorry about that.

    Yes TheWJM :P I am using Debian Potato, latest release and the latest gcc. I know I can use the system() command and perform "ls", but that is slow and doesn't return the listing into the program.

    Well, that's the additional information I forgot to include last time. Thanks.

    Daniel Wallace (

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    Thank you for that, it is exactly what I wanted :)

    Your help is much appreciated :) I look forward to reading this forum and helping out wherever I can.
    - Daniel Wallace

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