Golang *File points to a file or directory ?

Tags : golang file directory

In this tutorial, we will learn how to find out if the *File pointer is pointing to a file or directory. The codes are self explanatory


 package main

 import (

 func main() {

 fileordir := flag.Arg(0) // get first argument

 file, err := os.Open(fileordir)
 if err != nil {
 defer file.Close()

 fileInfo, err := file.Stat()
 if err != nil {

 switch mode := fileInfo.Mode(); {
 case mode.IsDir():
 fmt.Println(fileordir + " is a directory")
 case mode.IsRegular():
 fmt.Println(fileordir + " is a file")

localhost:~ admin$ go run fileordir.go /Users/admin/for

/Users/admin/for is a file

localhost:~ admin$ go run fileordir.go /Users/admin

/Users/admin is a directory

Hope this can be useful.

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Tags : golang file directory

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