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Old 03-13-2004, 11:25 AM   #1
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c++ check if file exists

Are there any apis that check whether a file is existant from a string you pass in?
Old 03-13-2004, 12:24 PM   #2
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just open the file for reading, if this succeeds, then the file exists, something like this:
FILE* fp = fopen(path, "r");
if (fp) {
    // file exists
} else {
    // file doesn't exist

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Old 03-13-2004, 12:37 PM   #3
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A file? Like... to check if a file exists when you try to open or write to it? If so, try something like this:

using namespace std;

int main()
    char fileName[80];
    char buffer[255];
    cout << "Give file name: ";
    cin >> fileName;

    ifstream fin(fileName);
    if (fin)  // check to see if file exists
        cout << "This file has:\n";
        char ch;
        while (fin.get(ch))
            cout << ch;
        cout << "\n End of file \n";

    cout << "Opening file" << fileName << " in append mode...\n";

    ofstream fout (fileName,ios::app);
    if (!fout)  // if you try to open the file for writing and it fails, then
        cout << " Impossible to open " << fileName << "for writing...\n";

    cout << "\n Enter text to the file: ";
    fout << buffer << "\n";

    // try to re-open the file read-only;
    if(!fin)    // if fails, then:
        cout << "Error opening file " << fileName << " for reading...\n";

    cout << "Now the file contains:\n";
    char ch;
    while (fin.get(ch))
        cout << ch;
    cout << "\n End of the file reached, closing program...\n";

    return 0;
Note: I've no idea if it will compile... I've not tested it myself, I just wrote it now . But you will get the idea...


Last edited by Mega Man X; 03-13-2004 at 12:48 PM.
Old 03-15-2004, 12:08 AM   #4
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i do not have the exact syntax in front of me, but if i remember correctly that the open file function in output stream will return a value of 1 or 0 if/ifnot successful. the syntax above works, but you can use the test in alot other situations.

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