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READDIR(2)                 Linux Programmer's Manual                READDIR(2)



NAME
       readdir - read directory entry

SYNOPSIS
       int readdir(unsigned int fd, struct old_linux_dirent *dirp,
                   unsigned int count);

DESCRIPTION
       This  is  not the function you are interested in.  Look at readdir(3) for the POSIX
       conforming C library interface.  This page documents the bare  kernel  system  call
       interface, which is superseded by getdents(2).

       readdir()  reads  one  old_linux_dirent structure from the directory referred to by
       the file descriptor fd into the buffer pointed to by dirp.  The argument  count  is
       ignored; at most one old_linux_dirent structure is read.

       The old_linux_dirent structure is declared as follows:

           struct old_linux_dirent {
               long  d_ino;              /* inode number */
               off_t d_off;              /* offset to this old_linux_dirent */
               unsigned short d_reclen;  /* length of this d_name */
               char  d_name[NAME_MAX+1]; /* filename (null-terminated) */
           }

       d_ino is an inode number.  d_off is the distance from the start of the directory to
       this old_linux_dirent.  d_reclen is the size of d_name, not counting the null  ter-
       minator.  d_name is a null-terminated filename.

RETURN VALUE
       On  success,  1  is returned.  On end of directory, 0 is returned.  On error, -1 is
       returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS
       EBADF  Invalid file descriptor fd.

       EFAULT Argument points outside the calling process's address space.

       EINVAL Result buffer is too small.

       ENOENT No such directory.

       ENOTDIR
              File descriptor does not refer to a directory.

CONFORMING TO
       This system call is Linux-specific.

NOTES
       Glibc does not provide a wrapper for this system call; call  it  using  syscall(2).
       You will need to define the old_linux_dirent structure yourself.

SEE ALSO
       getdents(2), readdir(3)

COLOPHON
       This page is part of release 3.22 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of
       the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at  http://www.ker-
       nel.org/doc/man-pages/.



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