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I am trying to access files on a remote windows server using the following code;
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  1. my $node = 'server5';
  2. opendir(DIR, '\\$node\C$\Servers') or warn "open failed. reason: $!";
I get an error; open failed. reason: no such file or directory at ... line xx.

If I place the node name in place of the $node, it works fine.
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  1. opendir(DIR, '\\server5\C$\Servers') or warn "open failed. reason: $!";
And yes, $node = 'server5';

I am running this from Windows Server 2003 and all of the servers I am trying to connect to are windows servers as well.

I have also tried "\\\\$node\\C$\ \Servers" and '//$node/C$/Servers' and "//$node/C$/Servers" all with the same error as above.

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Jun 5 '07 #1
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Greetings Rob,

You're using a single quoted string which does not allow interpolation. Whenever working with directories or files, it often helps to assign the directory or file name to a variable before using it in an opendir or open statement. This is useful since it allows you to also include the same file or directory name in your error checking statement, which would have clued you into the problems.

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  1. my $node = 'server5';
  2. my $dir = "\\\\$node\\C\$Servers";
  3. opendir(DIR, $dir) or die "Can't open $dir: $!";
Now, I don't know what path you are trying to open, so I can't really advise you on what the syntax of $dir should be. But this methodology should at least let you attempt to get it working right. Good luck.

- Miller
Jun 5 '07 #2
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Thank you thank you thank you!!!

The problem was my C$ needed to be C\$.

So, the syntax opendir(DIR, "\\\\$node\\C\$ \\Servers") is the correct syntax.
Jun 5 '07 #3
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Glad I could help.

- Miller
Jun 5 '07 #4
4,059 Recognized Expert Specialist
Thank you thank you thank you!!!

The problem was my C$ needed to be C\$.

So, the syntax opendir(DIR, "\\\\$node\\C\$ \\Servers") is the correct syntax.

That is the correct syntax, but \$ was only part of the problem. As Miller pointed out, you were using single-quotes to construct the string, when you needed to use double-quotes.
Jun 5 '07 #5

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