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How do I read files from a folder and place them into a list?

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Contributed by wstarrs on May 10, 2001 at 00:31 UTC
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I am trying to read files from a specific folder and place them into a list in my Perl code, I then need to take this list and sort it, what is the easiest way to do this? Thanks, Bill

Answer: How do I read files from a folder and place them into a list?
contributed by chromatic

Open the directory with opendir, then call sort on your readdir. You might want to use file tests -X to see if you have only files.

Something like the following may work:

opendir DIR, $dir or die "Can't open $dir: $!"; my @files = sort grep { -f "$dir/$_" } readdir DIR; # work with @files
Answer: How do I read files from a folder and place them into a list?
contributed by Ovid

If you want the files in the current directory, you could do something like this:

my $somedir = '.'; opendir DH, $somedir or die "Cannot open $somedir: $!"; my @files = grep { ! -d } readdir DH; closedir DH;
Answer: How do I read files from a folder and place them into a list?
contributed by ctilmes

File::Slurp offers a shortcut for the opendir/readdir/closedir idiom:

use File::Slurp; my $dir = '.'; # or whatever my @files = sort grep { -f "$dir/$_" } read_dir($dir);
Note that File::Slurp::read_dir automatically skips '.' and '..'.
Answer: How do I read files from a folder and place them into a list?
contributed by Anonymous Monk

opendir DIR, $dir or die "error: cannot open directory \"$dir\" $!"; @files = sort grep (!/^\.$|^\.\.$/, readdir(DIR)); closedir (DIR);
Answer: How do I read files from a folder and place them into a list?
contributed by tachyon

$dir = 'c:'; @files = grep{-f $_}glob("$dir/*");
Answer: How do I read files from a folder and place them into a list?
contributed by Anonymous Monk

Or how about using this? Seems a bit easier and shorter

my @files = <*>;
or you can do this if you want a list of files only (not directories)
my @files=(); while (<*>) { push (@files,$_) if (-f "$_"); }

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