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FTW(3)					      Linux Programmer's Manual 				       FTW(3)

ftw, nftw - file tree walk
#include <ftw.h> int ftw(const char *dir, int (*fn)(const char *file, const struct stat *sb, int flag), int depth); int nftw(const char *dir, int (*fn)(const char *file, const struct stat *sb, int flag, struct FTW *s), int depth, int flags);
ftw() walks through the directory tree starting from the indicated directory dir. For each found entry in the tree, it calls fn() with the full pathname of the entry, a pointer to the stat(2) structure for the entry and an int flag, which value will be one of the following: FTW_F Item is a normal file FTW_D Item is a directory FTW_DNR Item is a directory which can't be read FTW_SL Item is a symbolic link FTW_NS The stat failed on the item which is not a symbolic link If the item is a symbolic link and stat failed, XPG4v2 states that it is undefined whether FTW_NS or FTW_SL is used. ftw() recursively calls itself for traversing found directories, handling a directory before its files or sub- directories. To avoid using up all a program's file descriptors, the depth specifies the number of simultane- ous open directories. When the depth is exceeded, ftw() will become slower because directories have to be closed and reopened. ftw() uses at most one file descriptor for each level in the file hierarchy. To stop the tree walk, fn() returns a non-zero value; this value will become the return value of ftw(). Oth- erwise, ftw() will continue until it has traversed the entire tree, in which case it will return zero, or until it hits an error other than EACCES (such as a malloc(3) failure), in which case it will return -1. Because ftw() uses dynamic data structures, the only safe way to exit out of a tree walk is to return a non- zero value. To handle interrupts, for example, mark that the interrupt occurred and return a non-zero value-- don't use longjmp(3) unless the program is going to terminate. The function nftw() does precisely the same as ftw(), except that it has one additional argument flags (and calls the supplied function with one more argument). This flags argument is an OR of zero or more of the fol- lowing flags: FTW_CHDIR If set, do a chdir() to each directory before handling its contents. FTW_DEPTH If set, do a depth-first search, that is, call the function for the directory itself only after han- dling the contents of the directory and its subdirectories. FTW_MOUNT If set, stay within the same file system. FTW_PHYS If set, do not follow symbolic links. (This is what you want.) If not set, symbolic links are fol- lowed, but no file is reported twice. If FTW_PHYS is not set, but FTW_DEPTH is set, then the function fn() is never called for a directory that would be a descendant of itself. The function fn() is called with four arguments: the pathname of the reported entry, a pointer to a struct stat for this entry, an integer describing its type, and a pointer to a struct FTW. The type will be one of the following: FTW_F, FTW_D, FTW_DNR, FTW_SL, FTW_NS (with meaning as above; FTW_SL occurs only with FTW_PHYS set) or FTW_DP Item is a directory and all its descendants have been handled already. (This occurs only with FTW_DEPTH set.) FTW_SLN Item is a symbolic link pointing to a nonexisting file. (This occurs only with FTW_PHYS unset.) The struct FTW pointed at by the fourth argument to fn() has at least the fields base, the offset of the item's filename in the pathname given as first argument of fn(), and level, the depth of the item relative to the starting point (which has depth 0).
The function nftw() and the use of FTW_SL with ftw() were introduced in XPG4v2. On some systems ftw() will never use FTW_SL, on other systems FTW_SL occurs only for symbolic links that do not point to an existing file, and again on other systems ftw() will use FTW_SL for each symbolic link. For predictable control, use nftw(). Under Linux, libc4 and libc5 and glibc 2.0.6 will use FTW_F for all objects (files, symbolic links, fifos, etc) that can be stat'ed but are not a directory. The function nftw() is available since glibc 2.1.
stat(2) Linux 1999-06-25 FTW(3)

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