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To implement a search program in C program using system calls for files and directories.

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To implement a search program in C program using system calls for files and directories.

 

 

Description

Find is a popular UNIX command that traverses a file hierarchy and performs various functions on each file in the hierarchy. The goal of this project is to implement a program similar called search that supports the following functionality:

 

1. The program should take the directory name from where to start the file traversal as a command- line argument and print the file hierarchy starting with the directory that is provided by the command-line argument.

2. If the program is executed without any arguments, the program should print the file hierarchy starting with the current directory where the program is executed. If there are no directories in the current directory only files are listed one per line.

3. If there are other directories in the current directory then the directory name is first displayed on a separate line and then the files in that directory are listed one-per-line with one-tab indentation.

4. If a file is a symbolic link then the program should display the symbolic link name and in parentheses the file name the link points to.

5. The program should also support three command-line options:

1. -S

This should list all files in the file hierarchy and print the file size next to the filename in parenthesis.

2. -s <file size in bytes>

This should list all files in the file hierarchy with file size greater than or equal to the value specified.

3. -f <string pattern>

This should list all files in the file hierarchy whose file name or directory name contains the substring specified in the string pattern option.

 

6. The program should support not only each of these options separately but also any combination of these options. For example: -S, -s 1024, -f jpg, -S -s 1024, -S -f jpg, -s 1024 -f jpg, -S -s 1024 -f jpg, -S -f jpg -s 1024.

7. If both -s and -f options are specified then the program should list only those files that match both criteria. The order of the options should not matter.

8. [Graduate Students Only] The program should support a fourth command-line option:

1. -t f - list regular files only

2. -t d - list directories only

 

Guidelines and Hints

1. The program must use function pointers similar to Figure 4.22 in the text book to implement the functionality described above. You can use the logic and structure from Figure 4.22 as the starting point to implement this program (make sure to go over the program in Figure 4.22 and understand all the steps performed). However, please note that your final program must compile and execute without any dependencies on the source code provided by the text book. You can find a simple example on how to use function pointers in the funcptr.c file

2. You can use the getopt function to process the command-line options. See man 3 getopt for more details and an example on how to use getopt function.

3. You should use a Makefile to compile and build this project and make sure to submit the Makefile along with the rest of the source code.

4. You should upload all the source code, Makefile, and a README.txt file to Canvas. Please do not upload any object files or executable files.

 

Program Documentation and Testing

1. Use appropriate names for variables and functions.

2. Use a Makefile to compile your program.

3. Include meaningful comments to indicate various operations performed by the program.

4. Programs must include the following header information within comments:

 

 

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