CLOSEDIR(3) Linux Programmer's Manual CLOSEDIR(3)

closedir - close a directory

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <dirent.h>
int closedir(DIR *dirp);

The closedir() function closes the directory stream associated with dirp. A successful call to closedir() also closes the underlying file descriptor associated with dirp. The directory stream descriptor dirp is not available after this call.

The closedir() function returns 0 on success. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set to indicate the error.

Invalid directory stream descriptor dirp.

For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).
Interface Attribute Value
closedir () Thread safety MT-Safe

POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, SVr4, 4.3BSD.

close(2), opendir(3), readdir(3), rewinddir(3), scandir(3), seekdir(3), telldir(3)

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