Directory Exists method return true even the directory is not present RRS feed

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  • Hello All,


    It  returns true even if the directory is not present.

    Any idea ?

    Monday, November 6, 2017 7:03 AM

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  • Try write simple console program and feed the path you entered to Path.GetDirectoryName() and you'll see. It is spelt out by the documentation if there aren't "path" component in the parameter supplied (i.e.: strings separated by "\\" or "/"), it'll return String.Empty, which is treated as the current directory.

    To test whether FilePath exists, just put the path to Directory.Exists().

    Monday, November 6, 2017 7:20 AM
  • Hi shital diwate, 

    According to your description, I am not sure what format you used to test whether directory exists or not.

      string FilePath = "C:/Users\\v-wezan\\Desktop";

    As cheong00 said that if you use / in your directory path instead of \\, the directory looks like wrong. But /  will replace the volume specifier with value passed into the last call to SetCurrentDirectory for that volume. The directory.exists invoke GetFullPathName function in deep.

    For more details, you could refer to the following link.

    If you use the different format to test the whether the directory exists or not, please feel free to contact us. 

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    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 6:43 AM
  • Hello Thank you guys for the reply.

    I think you are right , the because of Path.GetDirectoryName(FilePath) operation it is getting set to CurrentDirectory , Now what  I did I removed the Path.GetDirectoryName(FilePath) and write my on function to get the directory path from the file path.

    Now it is working , still it in observation for me. Will let you know on same forum if it fail again.


    Thursday, November 9, 2017 2:14 PM
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    Thursday, November 9, 2017 2:20 PM