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Old 05-15-2004, 07:48 AM   #1
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Hard/Soft Links

This may belong in the programming forum, but its also (kind of) a general question.

I am trying to write some (c) code that will enable me to check if a directory entry is a link or not.

I had a look at the
struct stat
definition, and theres the
member, but I don`t think this is what I`m looking for. Im not sure whether to use the stat or the lstat function.

I`d like some advice on this as I have never worked with links before. Thanks
Old 05-15-2004, 11:36 AM   #2
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If you have used "stat" you have probably read the "man 2 stat" page, but
maybe missed the "S_ISLNK(m)" macro which you use with the "st_mode" field
in the "struct stat". That is probably what you are looking for.
And you should use the "stat" function not "lstat".

L Ekman


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