getdirentries man page

getdirentries — get directory entries in a filesystem-independent format


#include <dirent.h>

ssize_t getdirentries(int fd, char *buf, size_t nbytes , off_t *basep);

Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

   Since glibc 2.19:
   Glibc 2.19 and earlier:


Read directory entries from the directory specified by fd into buf. At most nbytes are read. Reading starts at offset *basep, and *basep is updated with the new position after reading.

Return Value

getdirentries() returns the number of bytes read or zero when at the end of the directory. If an error occurs, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.


See the Linux library source code for details.


For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

Interface Attribute Value
getdirentries() Thread safety MT-Safe

Conforming to

Not in POSIX.1. Present on the BSDs, and a few other systems. Use opendir(3) and readdir(3) instead.

See Also

lseek(2), open(2)


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