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Re^2: Depth Listing in Directory Traversal

by crabbdean (Pilgrim)
on Jul 20, 2004 at 04:56 UTC ( #375803=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Depth Listing in Directory Traversal
in thread Depth Listing in Directory Traversal

Well I'm not sure this will work because the code makes the program go down the directory first, not across. Based on your idea it would have to keep a record somehow of the $oldir variable for when it finally finished going down the tree and came back to start on the next level. This requires it to keep a kind of memory of the tree and what it has or hasn't done. There must a simpler way.

BUT ... your idea has merit and something I'd considered also - your post has made me rethink it. If the number of path seperators is greater than $depth then don't push to the stack. That may work. I just don't like using relying on counting "\" in strings as a reliable method of keeping track of depth. If by chance a directory has that character in it, the routine will fail.

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Re^3: Depth Listing in Directory Traversal
by hbo (Monk) on Jul 20, 2004 at 05:35 UTC
    On Windows,"\" is the path seperator. A file name can't contain that character, so you won't encounter it unless it means a depth transition in the stack. Same goes for "/" on Unix. The tricky part with Windows would be a rooted path like "c:\\". For that you could count occurrences of "\+",although I believe that ActivePerl translates the seperators to "/" for portability with Unix.

    The "width first" traversal of the directory tree doesn't matter in the code I gave. The path seperator count will be the same between peer directories, thus their difference will be zero, and we will add zero to the depth counter. This also works for transitions up the stack, since that difference will be negative.

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