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Old 06-08-2005, 04:11 PM   #1
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C - Opening a Status file in user's home dir.


ansi GCC "C"

I am trying to save a status file as a hidden file in the user's home directory.
=======================
Code:
FILE *fp;

fp = fopen("~/.statusfile","w");

   /* write stuff */
   fprintf(fp,"%d\n",stuff);

fclose(fp);
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When I do this I get a segmentation error. If I take out the "~/" everything's ok...

Tried "~//.statusfile" no go , still get a segmentation error.


How do I put the file into the user's home directory and make it hidden?
 
Old 06-08-2005, 04:13 PM   #2
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Use getenv("HOME") add that to the filename.
 
Old 06-08-2005, 04:49 PM   #3
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Smile Thats got it, Thanks!

Ok, Thats got it...

I suppose I was wanting the shell to expand ~ and the shell was not involved.

Thanks.http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...readid=331646#
 
Old 06-08-2005, 05:18 PM   #4
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But how come the ~ makes it segfault, I'm wondering.
If ~ is illegal in filenames, fopen() should return error, not segfault.
What could be the reason?
 
Old 06-08-2005, 06:10 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by Hko
But how come the ~ makes it segfault, I'm wondering.
If ~ is illegal in filenames, fopen() should return error, not segfault.
What could be the reason?
what I am doing now:

Code:
#define STATUSFILENAME "/.calculastatus"

char localfilename[80];

strcpy(localfilename,"");  /* Clear local filename */
strcat(localfilename,getenv("HOME"));    /* get home dir */
strcat(localfilename,STATUSFILENAME);  /* append my filename */
I found that the localfilename string was filled with lots of nice junk
and that goofed me up for a short time.

It's for an RPN calculator program that binds the keyboard in
(what I hope is) a logical manner. I bind the keys of the imbedded
numeric keypad to numbers and the functions to the other keys
 
Old 06-08-2005, 06:40 PM   #6
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...nevermind...
 
Old 06-08-2005, 06:48 PM   #7
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Yeah, I know I could have made the strcpy get the environment and then only had to strcat my filename. I'll probably change it at some point..

It works now. Cool. Thanks!
 
Old 06-08-2005, 08:09 PM   #8
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You could also do: sprintf(localfilename, "%s%s", getenv("HOME"), STATUSFILENAME);
 
Old 06-08-2005, 11:10 PM   #9
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Quote:
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You could also do: sprintf(localfilename, "%s%s", getenv("HOME"), STATUSFILENAME);
Yup even better, one line.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 01:46 AM   #10
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To improve even further, you could add error checking. The segfault you had earlier was probably because you didn't check if the fopen succeeded at all. Similarly, getenv() may not find the "HOME" environment variable (unlikely, but possible), and sprintf might result in a pathname that is too long for the buffer. Use snprintf instead.

Good luck,

Kees-Jan
 
Old 06-09-2005, 09:53 AM   #11
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Thanks,

Actually at one point I did ... well

f = fopen...
if (f == NULL) {
print somthing out
}

but I never got to the "print somthing out" part... I thing I was segfaulting in fopen(?) anyway I'll add this stuff to the todo list.

anyone who wants a copy of this please email me..
uh, can you get my email addresss.. oh Here it is:
ron dot hudson at sbc global (one word) dot net
 
  


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