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From: Jonathan Wakely (cow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-05-09 03:22:56

On Mon, May 09, 2005 at 12:05:35PM +1000, Mathew Robertson wrote:

> > I'm only partially convinced. How useful is knowing that you can ifstream a
> > directory? The only cases I can think of are so system specific that I have
> > trouble seeing them in the context of Boost.Filesystem.
> ReiserFS version 4 supports opening a directory as a file. eg:

FreeBSD and Solaris both allow opening a directory (read-only) with
open(2) and reading from it with read(2) on their default FS types.

If you know the format of the directory and want to write a non-portable
app that reads it directly you could use an ifstream to do so, in


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