PathIsDirectoryEmptyA function (shlwapi.h)

Determines whether a specified path is an empty directory.


BOOL PathIsDirectoryEmptyA(
  [in] LPCSTR pszPath


[in] pszPath


A pointer to a null-terminated string of maximum length MAX_PATH that contains the path to be tested.

Return value

Type: BOOL

Returns TRUE if pszPath is an empty directory. Returns FALSE if pszPath is not a directory, or if it contains at least one file other than "." or "..".


"C:" is considered a directory.


The shlwapi.h header defines PathIsDirectoryEmpty as an alias which automatically selects the ANSI or Unicode version of this function based on the definition of the UNICODE preprocessor constant. Mixing usage of the encoding-neutral alias with code that not encoding-neutral can lead to mismatches that result in compilation or runtime errors. For more information, see Conventions for Function Prototypes.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header shlwapi.h
Library Shlwapi.lib
DLL Shlwapi.dll (version 5.0 or later)

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