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C Snippet #1

Q: HOW DO I... determine a file's size by using only ANSI functions?

A: Determining the size of a file is a function that is specific to each computer environment and, as such, wasn't addressed directly in the ANSI C standard. It is, however, possible to write such a function using only the tools ANSI has provided. C Snippet #1 shows how.

**  FLENGTH.C - a simple function using all ANSI-standard functions
**              to determine the size of a file.
**  Public domain by Bob Jarvis.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <io.h>

long flength(char *fname)
      FILE *fptr;
      long length = 0L;

      fptr = fopen(fname, "rb");
      if(fptr != NULL)
            fseek(fptr, 0L, SEEK_END);
            length = ftell(fptr);

      return length;

#ifdef TEST

void main(int argc, char *argv[])
      printf("Length of %s = %ld\n", argv[0], flength(argv[0]));

#endif /* TEST */

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