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Plan 9 - man page for dirread (plan9 section 2)

DIRREAD(2)			       System Calls Manual			       DIRREAD(2)

NAME
       dirread - read directory

SYNOPSIS
       #include <u.h>
       #include <libc.h>

       int dirread(int fd, Dir *buf, long nbytes)

DESCRIPTION
       The  data returned by a read(2) on a directory is a set of complete directory entries in a
       machine-independent format, exactly equivalent to the result of a stat(2) on each file  or
       subdirectory  in  the  directory.   Dirread  decodes the directory entries into a machine-
       dependent form.	It reads from fd and unpacks the data into Dir	structures  in	buf  (see
       stat(2)	for  the layout of a Dir).  Nbytes is the size of buf; it should be a multiple of
       sizeof(Dir).  Directory entries have length DIRLEN (defined in <libc.h>) in  machine-inde-
       pendent	form.	A  successful  read  of  a directory always returns a multiple of DIRLEN;
       dirread always returns a multiple of sizeof(Dir).

       Dirread returns the number of bytes filled in buf; the number returned may  be  less  than
       the number requested.  The file offset is advanced by the number of bytes actually read.

SOURCE
       /sys/src/libc/9sys/dirread.c

SEE ALSO
       intro(2), open(2), read(2)

DIAGNOSTICS
       Sets errstr.

										       DIRREAD(2)


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