Locates the specified file.
FILE(cFileName [, nFlags])
- Specifies the name of the file to locate. cFileName must include the file extension. You can include a path with the file name to search for a file in a directory or on a drive other than the current directory or drive. If you do not include a path with the file name, Visual FoxPro searches in the default directory for the file. If it cannot find the file in the default directory, Visual FoxPro searches along the Visual FoxPro path, which is established with SET PATH.
Specifies the kind of value FILE(В ) returns when the file exists but might be marked with the Hidden or System attribute. The following table lists the values for nFlags.
FILE(В ) returns False (.F.) if the file exists but is marked with a Hidden or System attribute. (Default)
FILE(В ) returns True (.T.) if the file exists, regardless of its file attributes. Setting nFlags to 1 allows you to check for hidden or system files.
Logical data type. FILE(В ) returns True (.T.) if the specified file is found on disk; otherwise, it returns False (.F.).
You can use the ADIR(В ) function to retrieve specific attributes for the file.
You can use the CD and CHDIR commands to switch to hidden files and directories.
The following example displays a message indicating if the Visual FoxPro resource file exists in the Visual FoxPro startup directory.
SET PATH TO HOME( ) CLEAR IF FILE('foxuser.dbf') WAIT WINDOW 'Visual FoxPro resource file present' ELSE WAIT WINDOW 'Visual FoxPro resource file not present' ENDIF