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Old 01-26-2005, 10:45 AM   #1
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access() function call does not work

I am supposed to verify a file accesibilty, whether it is readable, or i used access() system call. It is not working...

Here is my check...

#define FILE "./file.txt"

//I am changing the permission as r only

//I am checking here if it is read, or write able
if(access(FILE, W_OK) == 0)
//file is wrioteable
} else if(access(FILE, R_OK) == 0)
//file is readable

I was expecting file is readable come it is writeable ?

Any idea ??
Old 01-26-2005, 02:28 PM   #2
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A couple of things.

FILE is a data type used to declare file pointers, as such you should not use it as a macro

Next, ensure you include the correct library in your quote. I believe access is in the unistd.h library which was not included in the code supplied.

However I think your problem is that you are most likely running this code as root which supercedes the permissions on the file, so it always assumes a successful call to access, therefore it doesn't fall into the else if block of code.

BTW, this doesn't really belong in the Newbie forum.


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