getdirentries(2)getdirentries(2)NAMEgetdirentries() - get entries from a directory in a file-system-inde‐
The system call and the header file have been obsoleted starting from
HP-UX 10.30 by the functions described in directory(3C). will not be
supported for 64-bit applications.
The system call places directory entries from the directory referenced
by the file descriptor fildes into the buffer pointed to by buf, in a
file-system-independent format. Up to nbytes of data are transferred.
nbytes must be greater than or equal to the block size associated with
the file; see in stat(2). (Smaller block sizes can cause errors on
certain file systems.) nbytes must be less than or equal to 65536
The data in the buffer consists of a series of structures, each con‐
taining the following entries:
unsigned short d_reclen;
unsigned short d_namlen;
char d_name[MAXNAMLEN + 1];
The entry is a number unique for each distinct file in the file system.
Files linked by hard links (see link(2)) have the same The entry iden‐
tifies the length, in bytes, of the directory record. The entry con‐
tains a null-terminated file name. The entry specifies the length of
the file name. Thus the actual size of can vary from 2 to + 1. Note
that the structures in the buffer are not necessarily tightly packed.
The entry must be used as an offset from the beginning of a structure
to the next structure, if any.
The return value of the system call is the actual number of bytes
transferred. The current position pointer associated with fildes is
set to point to the next block of entries. The pointer is not neces‐
sarily incremented by the number of bytes returned by If the value
returned is zero, the end of the directory has been reached.
The current position pointer is set and retrieved by see lseek(2).
writes the position of the block read into the location pointed to by
basep. The current position pointer can be set safely only to a value
previously returned by to a value previously returned in the location
pointed to by basep, or to zero. Any other manipulation of the posi‐
tion pointer causes undefined results.
returns the following values:
n is the number of bytes actually transferred.
is set to indicate the error.
If fails, is set to one of the following values:
[EBADF] fildes is not a valid file descriptor open for
[EFAULT] Either buf or basep points outside the allocated
[EINTR] A read from a slow device was interrupted by the
delivery of a signal before any data arrived.
[EINVAL] nbytes is greater than the size of the structure
pointed to by buf.
[EINVAL] nbytes is greater than 65536 or is smaller than
the size of a single directory entry.
[EIO] An I/O error occurred while reading from or writ‐
ing to the file system.
is to be obsoleted at a future date.
The call can encounter truncated d_ino values when it is used with a
was developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
SEE ALSOlseek(2), open(2), directory(3C).
TO BE OBSOLETED getdirentries(2)