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Gets file information.


#include <os2.h>

HFILE     hf;                  /*  File handle. */
ULONG     ulInfoLevel;         /*  Level of file information required. */
PVOID     pInfo;               /*  Address of the storage area where the system returns
                                   the requested level of file information. */
ULONG     cbInfoBuf;           /*  The length, in bytes, of pInfo. */
FHLOCK    fhFileHandleLockID;  /*  The filehandle lockid returned by a previous DosProtectOpen. */
APIRET    ulrc;                /*  Return Code. */

ulrc = DosProtectQueryFileInfo(hf, ulInfoLevel,
         pInfo, cbInfoBuf, fhFileHandleLockID);


hf (HFILE) - input 
File handle.
ulInfoLevel (ULONG) - input 
Level of file information required.
A value of 1, 2, or 3 can be specified, as shown in the following list:
1 FIL_STANDARD - Level 1 file information
2 FIL_QUERYEASIZE - Level 2 file information
3 FIL_QUERYEASFROMLIST - Level 3 file information
Level 4 is reserved.
The structures described in pInfo indicate the information returned for each of these levels.
pInfo (PVOID) - output
Address of the storage area where the system returns the requested level of file information.

File information, where applicable, is at least as accurate as the most recent DosProtectClose, DosResetBuffer, DosProtectSetFileInfo, or DosSetPathInfo.

Level 1 File Information (ulInfoLevel == FIL_STANDARD)

pInfo contains the FILESTATUS3 data structure, to which file information is returned.

Level 2 File Information (ulInfoLevel == FIL_QUERYEASIZE)

pInfo contains the FILESTATUS4 data structure. This is similar to the Level 1 structure, with the addition of the cbList field after the attrFile field.

The cbList field is an ULONG. On output, this field contains the size, in bytes, of the file's entire extended attribute (EA) set on disk. You can use this value to calculate the size of the buffer required to hold the EA information returned when a value of 3 is specified for ulInfoLevel. The buffer size is less than or equal to twice the size of the file's entire EA set on disk.

Level 3 File Information (ulInfoLevel == FIL_QUERYEASFROMLIST)


pInfo contains an EAOP2 data structure. fpGEA2List points to a GEA2 list defining the attribute names whose values are returned. The GEA2 data structures must be aligned on a doubleword boundary. Each oNextEntryOffset field must contain the number of bytes from the beginning of the current entry to the beginning of the next entry in the GEA2 list. The oNextEntryOffset field in the last entry of the GEA2 list must be zero. fpFEA2List points to a data area where the relevant FEA2 list is returned. The length field of this FEA2 list is valid, giving the size of the FEA2 list buffer. oError is ignored.


pInfo is unchanged. The buffer pointed to by fpFEA2List is filled in with the returned information. If the buffer that fpFEA2List points to is not large enough to hold the returned information (the return code is ERROR_BUFFER_OVERFLOW), cbList is still valid, assuming there is at least enough space for it. Its value is the size of the entire EA set on disk for the file, even though only a subset of attributes was requested.

cbInfoBuf (ULONG) - input 
The length, in bytes, of pInfo.
fhFileHandleLockID (FHLOCK) - input 
The filehandle lockid returned by a previous DosProtectOpen.

Return Code

ulrc (APIRET) - returns

DosProtectQueryFileInfo returns one of the following values:

  • 0 NO_ERROR


In the FAT file system, only date and time information contained in level-1 file information can be modified. Zero is returned for the creation and access dates and times.

To return information contained in any of the file information levels, DosProtectQueryFileInfo must be able to read the open file. DosProtectQueryFileInfo works only when the file is opened for read access, with a deny-write sharing mode specified for access by other processes. If another process that has specified conflicting sharing and access modes has already opened the file, any call to DosProtectOpen will fail.

DosProtectEnumAttribute returns the lengths of extended attributes. This information can be used to calculate what size pInfo needs to be to hold full-extended-attribute (FEA) information returned by DosProtectQueryFileInfo when Level 3 is specified. The size of the buffer is calculated as follows:

Four bytes (for oNextEntryOffset) +
One byte (for fEA) +
One byte (for cbName) +
Two bytes (for cbValue) +
Value of cbName (for the name of the EA) +
One byte (for terminating NULL in cbName) +
Value of cbValue (for the value of the EA)

Example Code

This example creates a read-only file named "DOSFDEL.DAT", then changes the file attributes to normal, and uses DosForceDelete to delete the file so that it can not be restored using UNDELETE.

 #define INCL_DOSFILEMGR   /* File Manager values */
 #define INCL_DOSERRORS    /* DOS error values    */
 #include <os2.h>
 #include <stdio.h>

 int main(VOID) {

 UCHAR       uchFileName[]   = "DOSFDEL.DAT";   /* File we want to delete    */
 HFILE       fhDelFile       = 0;               /* File handle from DosOpen  */
 FILESTATUS3 fsts3FileInfo   = {{0}};  /* Information associated with file   */
 ULONG       ulBufferSize    = sizeof(FILESTATUS3); /* File info buffer size */
 ULONG       ulOpenAction    = 0;                 /* Action taken by DosOpen */
 APIRET      rc              = NO_ERROR;          /* Return code             */
 FHLOCK      FHLock          = 0;                 /* File handle lock        */

                 /* Create a read-only file */

  rc = DosProtectOpen(uchFileName, &fhDelFile,
               &ulOpenAction, 10L, FILE_READONLY,
  if (rc != NO_ERROR) {
     printf("DosProtectOpen error: return code = %u\n", rc);
     return 1;

  rc = DosProtectQueryFileInfo(fhDelFile, FIL_STANDARD,
               &fsts3FileInfo, ulBufferSize, FHLock);   /* Get standard info */
  if (rc != NO_ERROR) {
      printf("DosProtectQueryFileInfo error: return code = %u\n", rc);
      return 1;
  } else { printf("File %s created read-only.\n",uchFileName); }

    /*   Change the file attributes to be "normal"  */

    fsts3FileInfo.attrFile  = FILE_NORMAL;
    rc = DosProtectSetFileInfo(fhDelFile, FIL_STANDARD,
                        &fsts3FileInfo, ulBufferSize, FHLock);
    if (rc != NO_ERROR) {
        printf("DosProtectSetFileInfo error: return code = %u\n", rc);
        return 1;

    rc = DosProtectClose(fhDelFile, FHLock);
    /* Should verify that (rc != NO_ERROR) here... */

           /* Delete the file */

    rc = DosForceDelete(uchFileName);
    if (rc != NO_ERROR) {
        printf("DosForceDelete error: return code = %u\n", rc);
        return 1;
    } else {
        printf("File %s has been deleted.\n",uchFileName);
    }  /* endif */

   return NO_ERROR;

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