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probe-file pathspec => truename

Arguments and Values:

pathspec---a pathname designator.

truename---a physical pathname or nil.


probe-file tests whether a file exists.

probe-file returns false if there is no file named pathspec, and otherwise returns the truename of pathspec.

If the pathspec designator is an open stream, then probe-file produces the truename of its associated file. If pathspec is a stream, whether open or closed, it is coerced to a pathname as if by the function pathname.

Examples: None.

Affected By:

The host computer's file system.

Exceptional Situations:

An error of type file-error is signaled if pathspec is wild.

An error of type file-error is signaled if the file system cannot perform the requested operation.

See Also:

truename, open, ensure-directories-exist, pathname, logical-pathname, Section 20.1 (File System Concepts), Section 20.1.2 (File Operations on Open and Closed Streams), Section 19.1.2 (Pathnames as Filenames)

Notes: None.

The following X3J13 cleanup issues, not part of the specification, apply to this section:

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