TELLDIR(3) Linux Programmer's Manual TELLDIR(3)
telldir - return current location in directory stream
long telldir(DIR *dirp);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
telldir(): _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE
The telldir() function returns the current location associated with the directory stream
On success, the telldir() function returns the current location in the directory stream.
On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
EBADF Invalid directory stream descriptor dirp.
Multithreading (see pthreads(7))
The telldir() function is thread-safe.
In glibc up to version 2.1.1, the return type of telldir() was off_t. POSIX.1-2001 speci-
fies long, and this is the type used since glibc 2.1.2.
In early filesystems, the value returned by telldir() was a simple file offset within a
directory. Modern filesystems use tree or hash structures, rather than flat tables, to
represent directories. On such filesystems, the value returned by telldir() (and used
internally by readdir(3)) is a "cookie" that is used by the implementation to derive a
position within a directory. Application programs should treat this strictly as an opaque
value, making no assumptions about its contents.
closedir(3), opendir(3), readdir(3), rewinddir(3), scandir(3), seekdir(3)
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