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*ISDIR(): A Clipper language function
*By Don Swanson
*Copyright (c) 1989 D. C. Swanson
*Some Clipper users have inquired about a method of checking to see if a
*directory path exists. During the execution of a program a user may enter
*a non-existent path and generate a DOS error 3 (path not found). This, of
*course, is a critical error from which it is rather difficult to recover.
*Don L. Powells provided an assembly language function to check the path
*with an accompanying Clipper demonstration program.
*I have been using a CLIPPER function to do the same thing and thought there
*may be some interest by the other members of the Nantucket forum. This is my
*first attempt at doing anything but reading and downloading so bear with me
*if it's not done right. I would be interested in any feedback.
*The theory behind the program is a trick I have been useing in my batch
*files for a long time. DOS will ALWAYS return TRUE on any test for the
*'NUL' device. Therefore, to test for drives, directories, etc. you need
*only append the string '\NUL' to any drive/directory string. Because 'NUL'
*always exists you are actually just testing for the Drive or Directory
*portion of the string. Happy Clippering, isn't it a GREAT language?
*This routine can also be used to test to see if a drive exists and to
*test whether a floppy drive door is open or closed. To do this, all
*you have to do is to try to test if the root directory of that drive
*Example usages:
* ISDIR("C:\") && is drive C available?
* ISDIR("A:\") && is there a formatted floppy in A:?
* ISDIR("C:\DATA") && is there a directory called C:\DATA?
* Program Name: CisDir.prg *
* Author: Don Swanson *
* Created: 10/13/89
*************************** ALL RIGHTS RESERVED **************************
* This program tests and demonstrates the ISDIR() Clipper language UDF.
* It uses a Clipper Function 'ISDIR()' by Don Swanson, 10/13/89.
do while lastkey() != 27
@ 0,0 CLEAR TO 22,79
? " Testing the isdir() Clipper function"
? "Press to quit."
@ 6,0 say "Enter a path:"
@ ROW(),COL()+1 get Apath picture "@k"
If LastKey() = 27
Apath = trim(Apath)
if isdir(Apath)
@ 23,0
@ 23,1 say Apath+" Directory exists!"
@ 23,0
@ 23,1 say Apath+" Directory does not exist!"
@ 24,0
@ 24,1 say "Press any key to continue."
Apath = Apath + space(64-len(Apath))
@ 24,00
*Filename: CisDir.PRG
*Purpose: To check for a valid Drive or Directory path.
*Usage: IsDir(expc)
*Returns: Logical true if Drive/Path is valid, False if not.
*Notes: This function expects a string containing a Drive letter
* followed by a colon or a Directory path or both as shown
* below. A trailing back-slash is optional.
* [d:][\][dirname]
*Copyright (c) 1989 D. C. Swanson.
*Restrictions: You may freely use this function in your programs
* providing you leave this header attached so that
* I am credited in your source code. Thank you.
FUNCTION IsDir && Copyright (c) 1989 D. C. Swanson.
* Syntax: Rslt=ISDIR("C:\dos")
Private S, RetVal
S = IIF(Type("Path")="C",Upper(Trim(Path)),"")
RetVal = Len(S) > 0
IF RetVal && Caller Passed a string
If Right(S,1) != "\" && Guarantee an existent file.
S = S+"\NUL" && File 'nul' always exists in DOS
ELSE && therefore we end up testing for
S = S+"NUL" && the Drive or the Directory!
RetVal = FILE(S) && Ask DOS if it's valid
Return RetVal
* END Function IsDir