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The '''DIR$''' function below is '''NOT A QB64 FUNCTION!''' This page supplies equivalent QB code:
::: filename$ = '''DIR$('''{filespec$|""}''')'''
The DIR$ function used in PDS(7.1) returns a filename or a list when more than one exist. The file spec can use a path and/or wildcards.
{{CodeStart}} '' ''
{{Cl|FOR...NEXT|FOR}} i = 1 {{Cl|TO}} 2
  {{Cl|LINE INPUT}} "Enter a file spec: ", spec$
  file$ = DIR$(spec$) 'use a file spec ONCE to find the last file name listed
  {{Cl|PRINT}} DIRCount%, file$, 'function can return the file count using {{Cl|SHARED}} variable
  {{Cl|IF...THEN|IF}} DIRCount% > 1 {{Cl|THEN}}
      K$ = {{Cl|INPUT$}}(1)
      file$ = DIR$("") ''''use an empty string parameter to return a list of files!'''
      {{Cl|PRINT}} file$,
    {{Cl|LOOP}} {{Cl|UNTIL}} {{Cl|LEN}}(file$) = 0 'file list ends with an empty string
  {{Cl|END IF}}
{{Cl|FUNCTION}} DIR$ (spec$)
{{Cl|CONST}} TmpFile$ = "DIR$INF0.INF", ListMAX% = 500 'change maximum to suit your needs
{{Cl|SHARED}} '''DIRCount% 'returns file count if desired. MAY CONFLICT with user's program code'''
{{Cl|STATIC}} Ready%, Index%, DirList$()
{{Cl|IF...THEN|IF}} {{Cl|NOT}} Ready% {{Cl|THEN}} {{Cl|REDIM}} DirList$(ListMAX%): Ready% = -1 '{{Cl|DIM}} array first use
{{Cl|IF...THEN|IF}} spec$ > "" {{Cl|THEN}} 'get file names when a spec is given
  {{Cl|SHELL}} {{Cl|_HIDE}} "DIR " + spec$ + " /b > " + TmpFile$
  Index% = 0: DirList$(Index%) = "": ff% = {{Cl|FREEFILE}}
  {{Cl|OPEN}} TmpFile$ {{Cl|FOR...NEXT|FOR}} {{Cl|APPEND}} {{Cl|AS}} #ff%
  size& = {{Cl|LOF}}(ff%)
  {{Cl|CLOSE}} #ff%
  {{Cl|IF...THEN|IF}} size& = 0 {{Cl|THEN}} {{Cl|KILL}} TmpFile$: {{Cl|EXIT FUNCTION}}
  {{Cl|OPEN}} TmpFile$ {{Cl|FOR (file statement)|FOR}} {{Cl|INPUT (file mode)|INPUT}} {{Cl|AS}} #ff%
  {{Cl|DO...LOOP|DO}} {{Cl|WHILE}} {{Cl|NOT}} {{Cl|EOF}}(ff%) {{Cl|AND (boolean)|AND}} Index% < ListMAX%
    Index% = Index% + 1
    {{Cl|LINE INPUT (file statement)|LINE INPUT}} #ff%, DirList$(Index%)
  DIRCount% = Index% '{{Cl|SHARED}} variable can return the file count
  {{Cl|CLOSE}} #ff%
  {{Cl|KILL}} TmpFile$
{{Cl|ELSE}} {{Cl|IF...THEN|IF}} Index% > 0 {{Cl|THEN}} Index% = Index% - 1 'no spec sends next file name
{{Cl|END IF}}
DIR$ = DirList$(Index%)
{{Cl|END FUNCTION}} '' ''
{{small|Code by Ted Weissgerber}}
:''Explanation:'' The function will verify that a file exists (even if it is empty) by returning it's name or it returns an empty string if no file exists. It can return a list of file names by using an empty string parameter("") after sending a wildcard spec to get the first file name. The number of file names found is returned by using the SHARED variable, '''DIRCount%'''. Unlike the PDS DIR$ function, '''it MUST use an empty string parameter until QB64 supports optional parameters!''' The function does NOT delete empty files.
''See also:''
* [[FILES]]
* [[KILL]]
* [[SHELL]]

Revision as of 16:23, 5 May 2017